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
an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, you will need to apply for one if you do not have one
to register for the New Computerised Transit System to make transit declarations
If you are exporting goods you will also need:
When moving goods you can:
- complete the declarations yourself
- get a customs agent, broker or freight forwarder to help complete declarations - you must give written permission for them to do this first
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:
- a customs comprehensive guarantee if you move goods under transit more than 3 times a year
- an individual guarantee for single movements, 3 times a year or less
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.