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

What is the NCTS?

The New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) is a computer system that traders must use to submit Union Transit (UT) and Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) declarations electronically.

Community Transit is a customs procedure that allows customs and other duties and taxes on imported goods to be suspended whilst in the procedure.

The Common Transit procedure can be used for movements via and between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland).

The TIR procedure is used for transit operations that begin, end or transit a third country - ie a country outside the European Union (EU). You will also have to declare such goods to NCTS for any part of the journey taking place within the EU.

SeeĀ transit and other suspensive regimes.

NCTS thus enables management and control of all goods in transit throughout the European Community and EFTA.

Economic Operator Registration Identification (EORI) Number

Unless you use an agent to make your transic declaration, you must be registered as an Economic Operator, and once registered, use your EORI number on your NCTS declarations. Read more about the Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) Scheme.