Goods Movement Reference (GMR)

Goods Movement Reference (GMR) | CUSTOMS ACRONYMS & GLOSSARY


To move goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, you will need a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) from HM Government’s Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS). GVMS allows carriers or hauliers to pre-lodge the declarations completed for goods moving from Great Britain.


The haulier/carrier is required to provide a single GMR linking the required declarations for each goods movement, for each vehicle, before they can board the ferry to Northern Ireland.

What do I need to have to create a GMR?

A TSS ENS email showing all of the consignments that a completed ENS Safety & Security declaration has authorised the goods to move.

A TSS SFD email for a customs declaration, which can be both/either of:

  • An email with an EORI number representing some (usually non-controlled) consignments and/or An email with an MRN representing some (usually controlled) consignments

Declaring goods orally or by conduct

  • You can declare certain goods orally or by conduct at the border. ‘By conduct’ means that when you arrive at a point of exit or entry for Great Britain, you can make a ‘declaration by conduct’ by:

  • walking through a customs control point (this can be a green channel signed ‘nothing to declare’) with the goods, if you’re an individual on foot driving (or being driven) past a customs control point with the goods inside your vehicle, if you’re importing or exporting goods in a vehicle continuing your onward journey, if there are no customs control points

  • If you’re moving an empty trailer or any other commercial goods that can be declared orally or by conduct from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, you’ll need to get a goods movement reference. You can do this by selecting the ‘oral or by conduct declarations’ option within the Goods Vehicle Movement Service.

  • In some cases, you may need to complete a safety and security declaration, where you must indicate if your goods are moving under a contract of carriage.

What happens next

  • You need to present the goods movement reference at the port you’re leaving from. Contact the carrier at the port to find out how to do this.

  • The carrier will allow you to embark if the goods movement reference is valid.

  • You must follow instructions on whether you need to get your goods checked by customs on arrival or if you’re able to continue your journey.

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