Guide

Using the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) to move goods

Introduction

The New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) is a system of electronic declaration and processing that enables traders to submit Community Transit declarations electronically.

Unless approved by the customs authorities to do otherwise, all transit declarations must be submitted electronically via the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS). The NCTS will process the declaration and control the transit movement. It is used by all member states of the European Union and the EFTA countries.

Paper declarations are only allowed when transit declarations cannot be made on the NCTS system or for travellers with goods in excess of their duty-free allowance.

This guide covers access to and use of the three communication routes by which you can access NCTS. These are the NCTS web channel (accessed through the internet), Electronic Data Capture System (EDCS) and Extensible Mark-up Language (XML) channel. The web channel is generally for light to medium use and the EDCS and XML channels are more suitable for traders who wish to use their own software or make declarations through a service provider.