Preparing to move goods out of the UK through common transit countries


Last updated 13 September 2021

You can use transit to move your goods to other common transit countries and move your goods quickly through other customs territories.

There are different steps to take if you are bringing goods into the UK using transit.

If you’re the person exporting the goods

  1. Get an Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI).

  2. Work out the amount of transit guarantee you need.

  3. Get a transit guarantee.

  4. Get access to New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) through the web portal or get software that works with NCTS.

  5. Get access to Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) or the Customs Declaration Service.

You can apply to become an authorised consignor or consignee which will allow you to start or end a transit journey at your premises. If you become authorised you will get a location reference number that you’ll need to put on an Transit Accompanying Document (TAD) and (NCTS).

Before you start moving goods

You should:

  • check the steps you need to take when you move goods through common transit countries
  • understand and prepare to use NCTS

If you’re the haulier moving the goods

  1. Get information about the goods from the exporter, and provide your details.

  2. If you’re moving the goods out of Northern Ireland you’ll need to get a Goods Movement Reference.