Check if you can use transit to move goods to the EU and Common Transit Convention countries
How transit can help you move goods through customs and where you can use transit to move goods to.
Transit is a customs procedure that can help you move goods between:
- the UK
- the EU
- other Common Transit Convention countries
You can move goods under transit by air, rail, road or sea.
How transit helps you move goods
Using transit can help you:
- move your goods quickly
- reduce the number of customs declarations you’ll need to complete
When moving goods under transit you can delay:
- completing customs declarations on goods until they end their transit movement
- paying customs duties and other charges on the goods until they end their transit movement
This is because:
- customs declarations and duties are not required at each border crossing as the goods are under duty suspense
- you can complete some customs processes away from the border at either:
- an office of departure or destination
- your own premises, if you are an authorised consignor or consignee
Where you can move goods to
You can move goods to or through Common Transit Convention countries.
The UK is a member of the Common Transit Convention.
The other members are:
- the EU (including the EU special territories where customs rules apply)
- Republic of North Macedonia
If your goods are going by road to, or through, a country which is not part of the Common Transit Convention
You may be able to use Transport Internationaux Routiers (TIR) to move your goods to countries which are part of the TIR convention. You can find out more about TIR on the European Commission website.
Using transit to move your goods
You can get someone to deal with customs movements for you.
If you want to handle your own transit movements
Find out how to set up your business to move goods out of the UK using transit.
Other ways you can move goods under duty suspense
You may be able to move goods under duty suspense:
- out of the UK to the EU for processing or repair under inward processing
- temporarily out of the UK without altering them under temporary admission
- between customs warehouses in the UK
Get help with transit
Contact HMRC to get help with imports and exports.
Last updated 19 January 2023 + show all updates
A list of countries in the Common Transit Convention has been added. Guidance on Union goods, non-Union goods and duty suspense has been moved to 'Preparing to move your goods out of Great Britain using transit' and 'Preparing to move your goods out of Northern Ireland using transit'. The section covering 'Types of transit procedure' has been removed.
Information about type of goods you can move using each transit procedure has been updated.
This page has been updated because the Brexit transition period has ended.
This guidance has been updated to explain what you need to do if you are using transit from 1 January 2021.