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Using common or union transit to move goods into, through and out of the UK

Find out what you need to do to use transit to move your goods into, through or out of the UK.

Common and Union Transit is a way of moving goods into, through or out of the UK to other common transit countries. It lets you move your goods quickly through other customs territories without the need to do multiple declarations.

If you’re in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) you’ll use common transit to move your goods.

If you’re in Northern Ireland you can move your goods using common or union transit.

There are a number of steps you and your business need to take to:

  • prepare to use transit
  • move your goods under transit
  • complete movements under transit

The steps you need to take are different if you’re:

  • importing
  • exporting
  • bringing goods to your premises under transit; this is known as being an authorised consignor or consignee

You can apply to become an authorised consignor or consignee which will allow you to start or end a transit journey at your premises. If you become authorised you will get a location reference number that you’ll need to put on a Transit Accompanying Document (TAD) and the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS).

Bringing goods into Great Britain using Common Transit

You should check and complete actions on each page to prepare and move goods under common transit.

Taking goods out of Great Britain using common transit

You should check and complete actions on each page to prepare and move goods under common transit.

Bringing goods into Northern Ireland using Union Transit

You should check and complete actions on each page to prepare and move goods under union transit.

Taking goods out of Northern Ireland using union transit

You should check and complete actions on each page to prepare and move goods under union transit.

Published 10 September 2021