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Department of Transport releases new freight capacity guidelines

Please see the below update from the Department for Transport (DfT) which has announced that its procurement of freight capacity away from areas of potential border disruption has successfully concluded.


The routes for the Government-Secured Freight Capacity (GSFC) have also been made public. This is an important step in the multi-layered approach we are putting in place together in preparation for new border and customs procedures.


From 31 December 2020, Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O and Stena will be ready to deliver capacity on up to 9 routes, operating from 8 potential ports in England, equivalent to over 3,000 HGV’s per week. Attached is the press notice and the GSFC Handbook (Haulier Information Guide). See page 8 of the Handbook for details of the routes themselves.


As a category 1 goods supplier, we strongly encourage you to register to use this capacity as early as possible. Details on how to register are below:

  1. From Monday 19th October, please follow this link to register for the GSFC:
  2. Within three days of completing registration, you will receive a unique supplier access code.
  3. Please pass this unique code onto your logistics provider along with the attached GSFC Handbook.
  4. Your logistics provider will need to set themselves up on the DfT’s ticket purchasing system, using the unique supplier code you received.
  5. Full details of sailing schedules, crossing times, commencement dates and prices will be released in mid-November prior to the sale of tickets.
  6. Initial tickets will be made available for GSFC in late November and released in phased batches thereafter.


Please note that supplier access codes from registrations made previously as part of no-deal Brexit planning are invalid, so you will need to re-register. The system has retained the information suppliers entered previously.


Express Freight Service

The Department of Health and Social Care has also retained its Express Freight Service (EFS) arrangements with 3 specialist logistics providers to support the urgent movement of medicines and medical products to care providers and patients if other measures experience difficulties.


We encourage you to register to avoid a delay in accessing this service, should it be required after the end of the transition period. Details on how to register are below:

  1. From Monday, 19 October, please follow this link to register for the EFS:
  2. Within three days of completing registration, you will receive a unique supplier access code.
  3. Suppliers requiring emergency shipments, and/or those that are disrupted will access the EFS through the National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR) service. Details on how to contact the NSDR will be made available closer to the end of the transition period.


If you previously registered for the EFS, your unique supplier access code is still valid. Please visit the EFS registration link above to verify and update all stored information.


Webinar on freight

We will be running a webinar on freight at 1pm on 20 October, to walk you through the registration process step by step and answer any other questions you might have. To register for this webinar, please follow this link:


*** Please see two related attachments to these announcements below (A press notice and the GSFC Handbook (Haulier Information Guide))***





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