Here are three tips from HMRC regarding the completion of transit departures from the UK. They relate to the most common problems found at the moment in completing NCTS declarations.
Proceed as follows to avoid these problems:
- Entering correct guarantee reference amount
Make sure you enter an accurate amount in the guarantee reference amount box for guarantee types 0, 1, 2, 4, and 9.
If you don’t do this, the amount can default to 10,000 euros for each transit operation. This will add up and your transit guarantee limit could be exceeded very quickly, which could mean that you’re unable to use transit movements.
- Closing transit movements
Remember to ensure your transit movement is closed once it has arrived at its destination. You cannot do this yourself – it must be done by the consignee or the office of destination in the jurisdiction you are sending it to.
If you notice your transit movements are not being closed, please contact your customer and let them know they need to update the NCTS system. The guarantee attached to the movement will not be released until the movement is closed.
- Specifying offices of transit
Finally, take care to ensure that the correct office of transit is entered for the first port of arrival in the EU, or the goods may be delayed. Where goods are transited through the Channel Tunnel or Port of Dover you can put both office of transit codes – Calais Port et Tunnel (FR620001) and Dunkerque Ferry (FR590002) – into box 51 and this will prevent the truck from going to the orange lane. This is a temporary arrangement (end date unknown).