UK/ EU trade and cooperation agreement

Road Transport


As of 1 January 2021, UK companies will no longer hold an EU licence or be able to perform transport services within the Union as part of the Single Market. 

 The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement provides for quota-free, point-to-point access for operators transporting goods by road between the EU and the UK. This means UK lorries will be able to reach the EU and return from the EU, including when not loaded. The same rights are conferred on EU hauliers travelling from any point in the EU to the UK, and back from the UK to anywhere in the EU. Without the Agreement, only a very small number of operators holding licences from the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) would have been able to conduct such journeys. 

 UK and EU trucks will also be able to perform up to two additional operations in the other Party's territory, once they have crossed the EU/UK border. This will allow EU hauliers that carry a load to the UK to perform two cabotage operations in the UK, thus limiting the risk of having to travel back to the EU without a load.  For UK hauliers, these additional operations can be composed of two cross-trade operations (i.e. transport operations between two Member States) or one cross-trade and one “cabotage” operation (i.e. a transport operation within two points of a single Member State). Special provisions are made in the case of Ireland, as Northern Irish hauliers will be able to perform two cabotage operations in Ireland. 

 The Agreement also provides for full transit rights across each other's territories (to reach third countries or other parts of their own territory). 




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