Guidance

Get ready to move goods between or through common transit countries including the EU

Find out what you need to make it easier and quicker to move goods by using the Common Transit Convention (CTC).

When you move goods between or through common transit countries you can use the Common Transit Convention (CTC). This will allow you to:

  • move your goods quicker because customs declarations are not required at each border crossing
  • only pay customs duties when the goods reach their final destination
  • complete some customs procedures away from the border

Before you move goods

When moving goods you can:

  • complete the declarations yourself
  • get a customs agent, broker or freight forwarder to complete the declarations for you - you must give written permission for them to do this first

If you’re exporting goods you will need to make an export declaration.

Completing declarations

If you’re completing transit declarations you will need to:

  1. Apply for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.

  2. Get a guarantee.

  3. Register for the New Computerised Transit System to make transit declarations.

Getting a guarantee

You will need a guarantee in place to cover customs or import VAT debt that will arise. Your guarantee can be:

Contact your bank or other financial institution in advance to make sure your guarantee will be set up before you move your goods.

Using your own premises to send or receive goods

If you’re regularly moving goods using the Common Transit Convention, you can get authorised consignor or consignee status which will allow you to start or end transit at your own premises rather than at a customs office.

You can have both authorised consignor and consignee status.

Authorised consignor status

This will allow you to start movement of your goods from your premises.

To do this you must have customs comprehensive guarantee.

Authorised consignee status

This will allow you to end movement of goods at your premises.

To do this you must have an approved temporary storage facility.

Apply for authorised consignor or consignee status.

If your application for authorised consignor or consignee status is rejected you will need to use a customs agent to make customs declarations at an authorised premises.

If you still want to make declarations yourself you will need to start or end transit at a customs office.

Find out more about how to move goods under the Common Transit Convention.

Published 12 August 2019