International Transport Documents for Lorry Drivers

International Transport Documents for Lorry Drivers

When it comes to international road haulage from the UK, it is important to know what documentation is required in order to transport the goods to the chosen destination. Whether you are driving the vehicle or whether you are a passenger, you need to be aware of the documents that you need to carry in order to legally and officially go across international borders with your cargo. There are certain documents that you will have to carry in order to ensure that everything is above board and to get your vehicle and cargo through.
 

Some of the main documents you need to carry

 

There are various main international transport documents that you need to carry when you are transporting goods to other countries. It is also important to ensure you carry out extra checks on specific documents that you need based on the route you will be taking and the destination you are transporting the goods to. Some of the main forms of international transport documents you will need in order to get across the border with your cargo include:
 
  • Passports
  • Visas where applicable
  • Driver’s licence showing the right category of licence for the vehicle
  • International driving permit (IDP)
  • Digital smart card and tachograph charts for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes
 
There may be other requirements when it comes to international transport documents and this does largely depend on the route that you are taking. This is why you need to determine your route so that you can find out more about the necessary international transport documents required in addition to the main ones that are listed above.
 

Doing your research well in advance

 

One thing you should bear in mind is that it may take some time to get all of the international travel documents you need together. With this in mind, you do need to make sure you do your research well in advance so that you know exactly what you need to obtain in order to transport your cargo over international borders. Of course, if you are travelling within the EU, it is easier and there is less documentation required. However, if you are travelling from the UK to outside of the EU, you may need to provide far more documentation so you should look into this as soon as you can and as soon as you know your route.
 
Remember, failing to get the right international transport documents could create serious issues, as it means that you could find yourself unable to transport your cargo to its destination. This is why it is vital that you are prepared and that you know exactly what you need to carry. If there are certain documents that you are unsure about, make sure you query them with the authorities so that you know whether or not you need to have them with you. If there is still doubt, carry them with you just in case, as it could save you a lot of hassle.

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