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BEEM me up…CNS offers new border control tool

[ December 8, 2020   //   ]

Community Network Services is offering a post-Brexit border control tool to ease the movement of ro ro freight to and from the UK.

The Border Entry and Exit Movement Service (BEEMS) provides a fast track for freight using the customs pre-lodgement process, connecting transport offices and ferry operators with drivers. It also acts as a direct interface with the UK Government’s Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) to keep drivers up to date during crossings and minimising any delays at ports.

From next year a Goods Movement Record (GMR), generated by GVMS, will be required for every vehicle carrying a commercial payload entering the UK on pre-lodgement routes – from 1 January for movements from Britain to Northern Ireland and all pre-lodgement routes into and out of the UK from 1 July. BEEMS is described as an easy-to-use interface for hauliers to create their GMR prior to each trip.

It will initially be available for customers using the Northern Ireland routes from 1 January and will for the English Channel routes before 1 July when full UK border controls will be mandated. It is the first of several digital solutions CNS is developing to help hauliers drivers and supply chain partners with the complexities of Brexit. 

P&O Ferries will be mandating the use of BEEMS on its Cairnryan – Larne route from January. 

CNS managing director Matthew Bradley said: “New post-Brexit regulations may appear daunting but BEEMS makes the process faster and simpler, helping hauliers and their drivers feel in complete control. With digitally delivered communication ensuring no time is wasted on any journey, a new and successful era of smart trade can be delivered more efficiently.”  

P&O Ferries sales director Henrik Pedersen, added: “We are excited to be the first operator to offer this innovative new digital solution, which will put our customers in the driving seat. They will have to deal with a lot of new customs requirements after Brexit, making it essential that we work together to ensure trade keeps flowing for the thousands of businesses and millions of consumers who rely on our services.” 

The core BEEMS product is priced at £1 per GMR movement and ensures drivers will receive SMS alerts updating them on whether they are cleared for onward travel or being directed to customs for further inspection upon UK arrival. 

Users can also upgrade to create their GMR movement through BEEMS, which interfaces directly with the Government GVMS system.  The new tool also allows users to notify third parties – such as the cargo owner – about the status of the goods movements.  

P&O Ferries customers will only be asked to pay £1 per movement on pre-lodgement routes for access to CNS BEEMS.  The additional features will be free for the first three months.  

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