The New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) is a system of electronic declaration and processing that traders must use to submit Union Transit (UT) and Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) declarations electronically. Paper declarations are only allowed when transit declarations cannot be made on the NCTS system or for travellers with goods in excess of their duty-free allowance.
The NCTS will process the declaration and control the transit movement. It’s used by the UK, all member states of the EU and the signatories of the Common Transit Convention.
The Common Transit procedure can be used for movements between the UK, the EU and the Common Transit countries. These are the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland) and Turkey, North Macedonia and Serbia.
The TIR procedure is used for transit operations that begin, end or transit a third (non-EU) country. You’ll also have to declare such goods to NCTS for any part of the journey taking place within the UK and the EU.
Tip: Get authorised consignor or consignee status to start or end movement of goods under transit at your own premises.