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Haulier advice

Travelling to the Continent via Kent ports

What UK goods vehicle operators need to do to carry out international road haulage


Visit the website for information and all the rules about transporting goods to or through Europe

Hauliers travelling from England should check foreign travel advice for any entry requirements for the countries they are travelling to.

New haulier permit system introduced

A new permit system has been introduced to ensure all freight drivers heading to the Port of Dover have followed the correct route. The permits, which will be enforced by partners of the Kent & Medway Resilience Forum, are being brought in following a recent rise in non-compliance in the traffic management system in place to keep traffic flowing into the Port of Dover.


It will ensure that when released from Operation Brock, only freight issued with a permit will be allowed entry to the Port of Dover. Permits will only be issued to freight released from the Dover bound queue.

For more information go to the Haulier Permit System page

Prepare for queues


Hauliers coming to Kent ports should be border ready and prepared for queues. This includes having food, full drinking water tanks or bottled water, blankets, and any essential medication on board.​

National Highways will implement Operation Brock if traffic begins to build in the east of the county and ask that lorry drivers:

  • check conditions before setting out

  • follow signs and signals on the roads

  • follow queuing instructions.

  • Visit National Highways webpages for information on Operation Brock and it's current status.

There are welfare facilities for heavy goods drivers at government-managed Inland Border sites across the county. There are also dedicated lorry parks at the following Kent locations and we encourage HGV drivers to make use of these facilities to purchase food and water:  

  • Maidstone Services (M20 J8)

  • Medway Services (M2 between J4 and J5)

  • Stop 24 – Channel Ports Truck Stop – M20 J11 (post code CT21 4BL)

  • Ashford International Truck Stop – Waterbrook Avenue, Ashford (post code TN24 0GB)

  • Dover Truck Park – Menzies Road, Port Zone, Whitfield. Dover (post code CT16 2HQ)

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