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 EU and 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

What you’ll need

You’ll need:

If you are exporting goods you will also need:

When moving goods you can:

Getting a guarantee

When exporting goods you will need a guarantee in place to cover customs or import VAT duties while your goods are being moved. 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 apply for authorised consignor or consignee status. This will allow you to start or end transit at your own premises rather than at a customs office.

You can apply for both authorised consignor and consignee status.

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

Published 12 August 2019