The Movement Reference Number (MRN) is a customs identification number that’s created each time a declaration is submitted for importing or exporting goods. The number generated is bespoke, allowing your goods to be uniquely linked to you.
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Importing or exporting goods between businesses in the EU using standard (full) declarations
Moving your goods via road transport through RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) ports operating the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS)
Importing your goods through ports using the pre-lodgement model, meaning that goods arriving need to have a submitted customs declaration in advance of boarding on the EU side.
Intending to release your goods to free circulation
These FAQs give a general summary of the key considerations for businesses trading with the EU. They are not specific to any one type of goods or business scenario and this information is no substitute for professional advice.
The MRN is a unique customs declaration reference number that is created each time an import or export declaration is submitted. As such, it forms an important part of the audit process for your declarations. The MRN on Customs Declaration Service (CDS) performs the same function, and is equivalent to the CHIEF entry key (which consist of the entry number, Entry Processing Unit number (EPU), and date).
A MRN is automatically generated for all import and export declarations submitted to CDS. The MRN is included in the initial notification response to the declaration submission. It is also available to view in CustomsClear.
The MRN is an 18-character ID, made up of both numbers and letters. The 18-character MRN contains the following elements:
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