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Transit of goods across international borders

Transit is a customs procedure that allows goods to be moved across international borders under customs control. A guarantee is required to secure all charges on the goods. There are three types of transit:

  • Union transit - allows for the movement of goods within the customs territory of the European Union (EU)
  • Common transit - allows for the movement of goods between:
    • the Union and the common transit countries
    • the common transit countries themselves

The common transit countries are Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Turkey, the Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia. (The combined territories of the Union, and the common transit countries are known as the common transit area).

Authorised consignor

An authorised consignor is a person authorised by HM Revenue & Customs to carry out transit operations without presenting the goods at the customs office of departure.

You can apply for authorised consignor electronically on

Authorised consignee

An authorised consignee is a person authorised by HM Revenue & Customs to receive goods moved under a transit procedure without presenting them at the customs office of destination at either: 

  • their premises, or
  • any other specified place

Apply for authorised consignee electronically on

You can apply for approval as an authorised consignor or an authorised consignee. This allows you to:

Further information

If you need further information on NCTS contact HM Revenue & Customs

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