The AIS (Advance Information System) module has been further enhanced to accommodate Brexit border control changes, especially for vehicles that use roll-on roll-off ferries and the Channel Tunnel. This mode of transport is often referred to as RoRo (Roll-on, Roll off)

AIS RoRo enables vehicles destined for the UK from the EU, or departing the UK to the EU and Northern Ireland, to be manifested.

Features of the system include:

  • Allowing import cargo to move inland from the frontier to CCS-UK temporary storage facilities for Customs clearance, and any additional controls that may be required. This is accomplished by carrying out a “movement in temporary storage” from the UK border to the ETSF or ITSF, using the CCS-UK system when the vehicle arrives at the UK border. This is compliant with HMRC policy (see
  • Improved visibility of pre-arrival data – including at the destination.
  • Ability to load data contained in the customer’s own system using a specially- designed flexible tool. This tool enables mapping between the customer’s data files and the AIS RoRo system without the need for re-keying.
  • If required, making the safety and security declaration on the UK systems for imports to the UK.
  • For UK exports, making the safety and security declaration to the appropriate EU system of the first country of arrival (e.g. if the truck leaves the UK by ferry or through the Channel Tunnel from Kent, the safety and security declaration will be made to the French ICS system).
  • The ability to capture Movement Reference Numbers (MRN) for goods travelling under other regimes such as Common Transit.
  • Interfacing to the Goods Vehicle Management service (GVMS). AIS RoRo will allow additional references to be captured (such as import clearances, carnets etc.) as well as the appropriate references and information that are available on the AIS RoRo system. This data is provided electronically to GVMS to create the GMR.

The benefits of AIS RoRo to customers are far-reaching and include:

  • Goods can move through the UK frontier to inland ETSF or ITSF for clearance
  • Can negate the use of Common Transit for EU movements – simplifying guarantee processes
  • Pre-advises the destination of anticipated trucks/loads with ETA and gives visibility of the journey
  • Creates skeleton record in destination inventory – therefore provides inventory linking but at an appropriate inland location
  • Enables control/inspection at the inland destination location
  • Uses CCS-UK capabilities and established HMRC approved processes
  • Audit trail and reconciliation – including with cargo received at the destination location
  • Commercial benefits e.g. ensuring payment before release when on a forwarder’s deferment
  • Reuse of data including in relation to GVMS etc. - thus reducing the need to repeatedly re-key the same data into multiple web portals. This increases productivity and speed, and reduces the scope for errors.

For more information, please contact Guy Thompson at