Starting and ending transit movements in Northern Ireland using common and Union transit

Guide

Last updated 22 March 2021

Find out what you need to do if you start and end transit movements in Northern Ireland using common and Union transit.

Making a transit declaration
A separate version of the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) has been created to enable you to start movements in Northern Ireland.

This version will only be used in Northern Ireland and will only accept departure and arrival declarations in respect of Transit offices located in Northern Ireland.

It will not accept departure and arrival declarations for Transit offices located in:

  • Great Britain
  • the Crown Dependencies (Channel Islands and Isle of Man)

The submission channel for Northern Ireland departure and arrival notifications is by software only. You need to make sure that your software is able to interact with NCTS using either email or XML.

You can still start and end movements in Great Britain using either the free to use web portal or a software package to interact with NCTS. This will include goods that originate in Northern Ireland and are moved to Great Britain under unfettered access.

If your software is unable to interact with NCTS using email or XML, you cannot use NCTS to start or end transit movements in Northern Ireland.

If you do not want to do this yourself, you can get someone to deal with customs for you.

Starting a common or Union transit movement in Northern Ireland
You can start a transit movement in Northern Ireland from:

  • the premises of an authorised consignor (your or an agent’s premises)
  • an office of departure

If you are starting your transit movement at the premises of an authorised consignor, you can present your goods to your authorised consignor. They can start the movement and issue the Transit Accompanying Document (TAD) and movement reference number (MRN).

How to start your movement
If you are starting your movement from an office of departure in Northern Ireland, you will need to request to start a transit movement by emailing Border Force at: BFPortteam@homeoffice.gov.uk.

You will need to include:

  • your name
  • your Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
  • your local reference number (LRN) and either your:
    • movement reference number (MRN)
    • export reference number (ERN) from your export documentation (if applicable)
  • method of transport
  • the name of the port you will be departing from
  • the location where your goods will be held in Northern Ireland until the transit movement has been started
  • date and time of intended departure from Northern Ireland

If you have any additional documents which you are using to support a simplified declaration procedure, then you should also attach copies of these documents.

You must email Border Force at least 12 hours before your goods are due to depart.

If your goods require physical checks
Most goods will not require a physical check, but if this is needed then Border Force will email you with instructions to take your goods to a specified location for inspection. Find a list of the community and common transit offices in Northern Ireland.

Once your goods have been checked and cleared, Border Force will start the transit movement and issue you with a TAD and MRN.

If your goods do not require physical checks
Border Force will start the transit movement and issue the TAD and MRN. Your TAD will be available for printing from NCTS.

If you are not able to print your TAD from NCTS then you will need to contact Border Force to arrange an alternative method of collection.

Ending a common or Union transit movement in Northern Ireland
You can end a transit movement in Northern Ireland at:

  • the premises of an authorised consignee (your or an agent’s premises)
  • an office of destination

If you are ending your movement at the premises of an authorised consignee, they will check your goods and end the transit movement on NCTS.

How to end your movement
If you end your movement at an office of destination in Northern Ireland, you will need to email Border Force requesting to end a transit movement at BFPortteam@homeoffice.gov.uk.

You will need to include:

  • your name
  • your Movement Reference Number (MRN)
  • the method of transport
  • the name of the port you will be arriving into
  • the location where your goods will be held on arrival in Northern Ireland
  • the estimated arrival date and time of arrival of your goods at your stated location

You will also need to attach:

  • your TAD (or C88 document)
  • a confirmation of entry of the movement into another customs procedure, such as:

If you have any additional documents which you are using to support a simplified declaration procedure, then you should also attach copies of these documents.

You must email Border Force with this information at least 12 hours before your goods arrive at their destination.

If your goods do require physical checks
Most goods will not require a physical check, but if this is needed then Border Force will email you with instructions to take your goods to a specified location for inspection. Find a list of the community and common transit offices in Northern Ireland.

Once your goods have been checked and cleared, Border Force will end the transit movement and release your guarantee.

If your goods do not require physical checks
If Border Force does not contact you with instructions to take your goods for inspection then you must take your goods to the location where your goods will be held on arrival. You may unload your goods.

You must then email Border Force to confirm that your goods have arrived at their destination. Border Force will end the transit movement on NCTS and release your guarantee.

From 5 April 2021

Starting a transit movement at an office of departure
You’ll be required to present your goods at the office of departure specified on your transit declaration, along with your local reference number. The office of departure will only start the movement, issue a TAD and movement reference number once you have done this.

You must also provide Border Force with notification of planned departures before you arrive at the office of departure by emailing: BFPortteam@homeoffice.gov.uk.

You will need to include:

  • your name
  • your Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
  • your local reference number (LRN) and either your:
    • movement reference number (MRN)
    • export reference number (ERN) from your export documentation (if applicable)
  • method of transport
  • the name of the port you will be departing from
  • the location where your goods will be held in Northern Ireland until the transit movement has been started
  • date and time of intended departure from Northern Ireland

You do not need to follow this process if you start your movements from the premises of an authorised consignor.

Ending a transit movement at an office of destination
You’ll be required to present your goods at the office of destination specified on your transit declaration, along with all your accompanying documents.

You must also provide Border Force with notification of planned arrivals before you arrive at the office of destination by emailing: BFPortteam@homeoffice.gov.uk..

You will need to include:

  • your name
  • your Movement Reference Number (MRN)
  • the method of transport
  • the name of the port you will be arriving into
  • the location where your goods will be held on arrival in Northern Ireland
  • the estimated arrival date and time of arrival of your goods at your stated location

You’ll also need to attach:

  • your TAD (or C88 document)
  • a confirmation of entry of the movement into another customs procedure, such as:

Your guarantee will be released when Border Force end your transit movement.

You do not need to follow this process if you end your movements at the premises of an authorised consignee.

Get more information
Find guidance on planning your route before moving goods using transit.

You can read Community, Common Transit and TIR: newsletters for updates and changes to NCTS.

If you use in-house software you should contact the Software Developer Support Team at SDSTeam@hmrc.gov.uk.

The transit manual and transit manual supplement contain more information on TIR, common and Union transit.