International road haulage permits
ECMT international removal permits
You can apply for a permit for laden or empty journeys if you’re a specialist removal company and you move household goods and business possessions between or across European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) countries.
There are no limits on the number of available permits.
- have a standard international operator licence for Great Britain or a standard international operator licence for Northern Ireland
- use specialised equipment and staff for removal operations
What you need ECMT permits for
You need an ECMT permit to transport most types of goods (or drive an empty vehicle) through the EU (except Cyprus), Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland to these 13 countries:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine.
Cyprus is not part of the ECMT scheme. You cannot use an ECMT permit to transport goods through Cyprus to ECMT countries.
Apply for permits
Apply for a permit at least 5 working days before you start your removal journey from the UK.
To apply, you need:
- your username and password to manage your vehicle operator licence
- a debit or credit card to pay the application fee
When you sign in, select the Permits tab to apply.
Send it to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) at least 5 working days before you start your removal journey from the UK.
Include a cheque or postal order to pay the fee. If you want to pay by debit or credit card, DVSA will contact you to take the payment when your application arrives.
International Road Haulage Permits Office
386 Harehills Lane
Each permit costs £18 and lasts for one year.
You can only use a permit for one vehicle at a time.
Rules for using the permits
You must only use the permit for moving and removing household goods and business possessions.
You can only use the permit in one vehicle at a time.
You cannot use the permit for cabotage (journeys entirely within one other EU member state)
What to do when you make journeys
You must carry the permit in your vehicle for the whole of the outward and return journey. This includes an unladen journey before or after a laden one.
You must show the permit to any enforcement officer when asked to.
Lost, damaged or stolen permits
Contact DVSA straight away if you lose or damage a permit, or if one is stolen.
DVSA International Road Haulage Permits Office
Tel: 0330 678 1117
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
If you give up your operator licence
You need to return your permits to DVSA if you apply to give up (‘surrender’) your vehicle operator licence.