After the Brexit transition ends on 1st January 2021, the Port of Holyhead will be unable to process ATA carnets.
As at other significant UK ports, to help in avoiding delays, Holyhead Port will be unable to deal directly with ATA carnets. For outbound and inward journeys, in order to have your carnet processed, you should go to:
They are open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Monday to Sunday, although you need to arrive no later than 9:45 pm. The Roadking Truckstop is close to junction 2 of the A55, about 1.5 miles short of the port itself.
Once your crossing is confirmed, let Border Force know the time and date you expect to arrive at Roadking Truckstop. 24 hours notice is required and you also need to notify them on loads needing priority, such as carrying live animals.
Their email address is BFHolyhead@HomeOffice.gov.uk and generally responds well during opening hours.
Coping With Diversions
Diversions are possible after Brexit and there may be times when pressure at the port is relieved by sending HGV traffic to Roadking. Even so, you still need to go there to have your ATA carnet processed.
Letting staff at the port, or at Roadking Truckstop know that you are travelling on an ATA carnet may help. They are asking everyone who can to leave as soon as possible after their carnet has been dealt with.
The Welsh government have online information about proposed traffic control measures at Holyhead, along with a live traffic map on the same website.
Transporting Live Animals
When an ATA Carnet is being used to transport live animals, you should notify Border Force about your travel plans. The plan is that processing will be prioritised, to minimise delays.
UK traders also need to lodge a travel plan with Defra before the start of a journey. Defra’s guide to animal welfare and live transport provides more information.
If we can help with this type of journey, or other uses of an ATA carnet, please contact us for advice at any time.