Moving goods into or through Northern Ireland using common or union transit

Guide

Last updated 13 September 2021

Find out what you need to do if you’re moving goods into Great Britain using common transit.

You can use transit to move goods:

  • between common transit countries (including Great Britain) through Northern Ireland
  • from common transit countries (including Great Britain) into Northern Ireland

You should check if you can use common transit to move your goods and what you need to do to set up your business for transit movements.

Arriving in Northern Ireland

You must go to an office of transit when you arrive in Northern Ireland from Great Britain or a non-EU common transit country. You must check if you need to use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service at your chosen office of transit.

You do not need to go to an office of transit when you arrive in Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland or another EU member state.

You must also go to an authorised consignee premises or an office of destination, if the transit movement is going to end in Northern Ireland.

Arriving at an office of transit using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service
If your office of transit is using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service, before you arrive you need to:

  1. Log into your registered the Goods Vehicle Movement Service account.

  2. Provide your MRN that appears on your Transit Accompanying Document (TAD) (this is in the top right hand corner of your TAD).

  3. Generate a Goods Movement Reference number.

You’ll be given permission to continue your journey or be directed for further checks on disembarking.

Arriving at office of transit not using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service
If your office of transit is not using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service, you’ll need to go to the office of transit to present your:

  • goods
  • TAD

Continuing your transit journey out of Northern Ireland

If your journey continues into Great Britain, you must check if you need to use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service at your chosen office of transit.

Ending your transit movement in Northern Ireland

If the movement is ending at an authorised consignee premises

  1. Present your goods and TAD at the agreed authorised consignee premises.

  2. Wait for confirmation from the authorised consignee the goods are cleared or require inspection.

  3. Get a receipt and pass responsibility for the goods to the authorised consignee.

If the movement is ending at an office of destination

  1. You must provide Border Force with notification of planned arrivals before the goods arrive at the office of destination.

  2. Present your goods and TAD at the agreed office of destination.

  3. Wait for confirmation the goods are cleared or require inspection.

  4. Deliver the goods to their final destination.

  5. Pass responsibility for the goods to the importer.

Receiving goods that have been moved under common or union transit

If you’re the person responsible for receiving goods that have arrived in Northern Ireland under common transit, when the transit journey ends you must either:

  • import your goods
  • move your goods into another customs procedure, for example a customs warehouse

If you’re the person responsible for receiving goods that have arrived in Northern Ireland under union transit, when the transit journey ends you may be able to release your goods into free circulation. Find out more about the status of goods moving under common or union transit.

You can apply to become an authorised consignee which will allow you to end a transit journey at your authorised premises.

If you’re an authorised consignee

  1. Monitor progress of the transit movement on NCTS.

  2. Check goods on arrival at your authorised premises.

  3. Send arrival notification on NCTS.

  4. Send status update notification on NCTS.

  5. If you’re content with the consignment, take responsibility for the goods and give your haulier a receipt.

  6. If required, declare your goods to free circulation or another customs procedure.

If there is a problem ending the transit movement, you’ll need to contact HMRC and customs authority to end the movement and release the guarantee.

Border Force may also need to inspect goods on arrival at your authorised premises if they’re selected for a customs check.

If you’re importing the goods

  1. Check that the transit movement has been ended on NCTS.

  2. If you’re consent with the consignment, take responsibility for the goods and give your haulier a receipt.

  3. If required, declare your goods to free circulation or another customs procedure.