P&O FERRIES

Cairnryan - Larne

At the end of the transition period, Northern Ireland Protocol (‘the Protocol’) will take effect.

The most significant change will be that an import declaration must be pre-lodged with HMRC and a safety and security declaration submitted to HMRC.

CNS BEEMS COMMUNICATE will be mandated on this route from 1 January 2021. It will ensure the pre-lodgement process is simple and efficient for all our customers and will minimise any delays at the check-in and exit.

The Communicate solution will automatically link you and your driver to the new government-required Goods Movement Record (GMR) and will send your driver:

  • The unique Goods Movement Record 
  • A notification to proceed to check-in
  • A notification to advise if an inspection is required or not before they disembark.

The upgraded version of CNS BEEMS called ‘MANAGE’ allows you to create your GMR in the tool without using the government’s GVMS. This upgrade will be free to all P&O Ferries customers in Q1 2021. 

Initial Steps


  1. Register for an EORI number - here
  2. Decide who will handle import and safety and security declarations. To help guide you through, the UK Government has established a new, free service - Trader Support Service (TSS)
  3. Book with P&O Ferries as you always have done
  4. Register for CNS BEEMS
  5. An import declaration must be pre-lodged with HMRC, as well as the necessary safety and security declarations 

Before arrival at Cairnryan

The GMR must be ready for check in before arrival at Cairnryan.

Drivers must have all the relevant documentation before reaching the port or their goods will not be able to enter the terminal. P&O Ferries will not be able to process emails containing customs information at check-in.

Customers must be registered with CNS BEEMS to receive GMR status updates. 


At check-in in Cairnryan

Drivers of all empty and loaded trailers must present the correct GMR to our check-in staff on arrival.

P&O Ferries will validate the GMR in GVMS, confirming checked in crossing details and Vehicle/Trailer Registration Numbers (VRN/TRNs) match the details included in GMR.


During Crossing

Drivers and Hauliers will be sent a notification by BEEMS (via SMS and Email) about their Goods customs status. This will indicate if Goods require an inspection at arrival.


On Arrival in Larne

If the driver has been notified an inspection is required the driver should follow signage to the inspection facilities.

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