Good Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS)

The movement of goods through a border location in the UK that uses the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) requires a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) to be created to get the goods through customs. Thyme-IT offers a powerful GMVS solution to our customers, to facilitate the creation of a GMR and link together all the declarations submitted for the goods.

Read on to find out more about using the GVMS, and how our GVMS software solutions can streamline the process, saving you valuable time and money. You can also Contact Thyme-IT today for a demo of our GVMS solution.

What is the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS)?

The Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) is a system developed by the UK government to manage and facilitate the movement of goods between the UK and the European Union (EU). GVMS ensures that all necessary documentation, such as customs declarations and safety and security information, is provided in advance of a goods vehicle arriving at its destination. The main benefit of the GVMS is the reduction in need for physical checks at borders, minimizing the potential for disruption and delays caused by customs procedures. This is good news for traders, who rely on customs processes being quick and efficient in order to move goods and drive profits.

The GVMS was introduced in January 2021, and has now been implemented at several UK ports. Whereas the GVMS was initially only used for goods arriving from the EU, or moving from the UK to Northern Ireland (NI), it is now used by all participating UK ports to process imports, exports and other movements of goods. 

The GVMS is fully integrated with the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) and enables traders to have their shipments released immediately, if they have pre-lodged declarations in place. This faster clearance of goods was well-received by traders, and if you’d like to take advantage of our GVMS software solutions, we can improve and simplify your internal processes even further.

Thyme-IT’s GVMS Software Solutions

Our all-in-one software solutions have been designed with importers and exporters in mind, to minimise admin time and help you to navigate the various customs processes involved in international trade. 

Track and manage all your GVMS movements in one place, and ensure that you’re never missing any vital information from your documents, which could cause costly customs delays.

Here are some of the benefits of using the Thyme-IT Goods Vehicle Movement Service solution:

  • Groups declaration references together to create a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) in seconds.
  • Removes the need to log into the UK Government Gateway each time a GMR is needed.
  • Only a single UK Government Gateway account is required for all users.
  • Easily track the status of your GMRs.

Revolutionise the way you manage shipments and effectively utilise the GVMS for your imports and exports. Contact us for more information, to book a demonstration, or get an instant quote for our customs software solutions. To speak to an experienced member of the team, feel free to contact us and find out more.

Or, call us at +44 161 710 1890 or 353 1 2060010 or email for more information, demonstration and instant pricing.

Good Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS): Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for GVMS?

In order to register for the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS), you must apply online via the .GOV UK website at the earliest opportunity, to prevent delays to your shipments or overall operations. You will need to have your government gateway User ID and password to register for the service — or, in some cases, a customs agent can register on your behalf.

Who can register for GVMS?

Any trader that wishes to import or export goods between the UK and other countries should registers for the GVMS service, if they wish to use ports that operate using this system. It is intended to save time, by allowing shipments of goods with pre-lodged documents to be released immediately, making it beneficial to both traders and customs officials.

What are the benefits of GVMS?

The main benefits of the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) are:

  • Reducing customs checks at UK ports, by allowing them to process shipments with pre-approved documents more quickly. 
  • Allowing businesses to operate more efficiently, by reducing the time their goods are held in customs. 
  • Digitising Offices of Transit services, meaning that lorries do not have to physically pass through a Transit Office, as they can provide the necessary details electronically.

The GVMS is just one example of how technological innovation is being used to improve customs and international trade processes around the world. The time and money saved by streamlining and automating these processes is beneficial for everyone involved — from traders to customs officials, business owners, and customers. 

What are movement reference numbers (MRNs)?

A movement reference number (MRN) is a unique customs identification number, which is created each time a new import or export declaration is created and submitted via the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). If the port you are sending or receiving the shipment from are using the Good Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS), the haulier must add the MRN to the Goods Movement Reference (GMR) before the shipment is checked in. 

MRNs consist of 18 digits, which are made up of the year, country code, and an additional reference number generated by the CDS.

How do I get a goods movement reference number?

To generate a goods movement reference number (MRN), you must successfully submit an import or export declaration to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). If the declaration submission is successful, an MRN number will be automatically generated, and used as part of the customs process for your shipment.

Which ports in the UK use GVMS?

There are a number of high-volume ports in the UK which are using the GVMS, including Dover, Liverpool, and the Eurotunnel. However, you can find a full list of UK ports which are utilising the GVMS on the official .GOV website.

Do I need GVMS to bring goods into Ireland from the UK?

The following ports in Northern Ireland use the GVMS, and traders will therefore need a movement reference number (MRN) to ensure these are processed successfully: Belfast, Larne, and Warrenpoint.

To move goods between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will also need to register with the GVMS, unless you are moving goods using a UK inventory-linked port which does not utilise the GVMS.