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Learn more about Transit and NCTS (New Computerised Transit System)
What is Transit and why using a transit procedure?
Transit is a customs procedure that allows traders to move goods within Common Transit Convention (CTC) countries and EU member states without having to:
- Start a new customs declaration
- Complete an existing customs declaration
- Pay customs duties and other charges
until ending the transit movement at the country of destination. Goods can be moved by air, rail, road, or sea.
Without transit, traders would need to declare goods and pay duties enroute at each border the goods cross. Traders not holding special authorisations would also need to complete their customs declarations at the border. Transit helps move goods within the EU and CTC countries more quickly and efficiently.
How to move goods under transit using the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS)?
Before moving goods under transit, a transit declaration must be submitted using the New Computerized Transit System (NCTS). This system enables traders to move goods in transit by submitting an electronic transit declaration to the respective customs authorities.
NCTS processes the transit declaration and controls the transit movement. The customs authorities of the UK, EU member states and countries who have signed the Common Transit Convention all use their own national instance of the NTCS system for processing transit declarations.
Transit declarations need to be submitted by traders to the NCTS system of the respective country.
With the end of the transition period, the importance of the New Computerized Transit System (NCTS) in goods traffic with the UK has increased dramatically. For those with the appropriate authorisations, NCTS makes it possible to move uncleared goods to Ireland or to inland customs offices or customs warehouses, for example, thereby bypassing the expected congestion at the border customs offices.
Do you need more information?
For general information about NCTS, read our glossary entry: NCTS New Computerised Transit System.
In the following articles, you will find more information regarding the Common Transit Convention and the movement of goods using the transit procedure: