MOVING GOODS FROM GB TO THE EU – CTC MOVEMENTS

Information concerning the new transit procedures for hauliers using GVMS that will be implemented from 1 August 2022

Before leaving GB

If the trader decides to move the goods under the Common Transit Convention (CTC) starting in GB, the haulier will need either:

  • a transit accompanying document (TAD) from the trader, and be told by the trader that the movement has been released to the transit procedure and that they can proceed to the place of exit from GB.

  • a local reference number (LRN) or a TAD that hasn’t been released to the transit procedure, and be told to present the goods and the LRN or TAD to the UK Border Force at a nominated UK Office of Departure – the goods will then be released, and a TAD will be given to the driver. The TAD will include a transit Movement Reference Number (MRN) (in the top right hand corner) which is needed when using transit to move goods

    • a single vehicle may need multiple LRNs – you will need to convert all LRNs into TADs to continue your movement in a compliant manner

    • an LRN will need an accompanying CHIEF entry (usually performed by your GB exporter) to be released

From 1 August 2022, if the goods are [leaving from a location[(https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-which-locations-need-an-arrived-export-declaration-from-1-january-2022) that needs an export declaration to be submitted as ‘arrived’, hauliers will need to follow the processes noted below:

  1. Link all the export declaration references (DUCRs) in a GMR, or get a Master Unique Consignment Reference (MUCR) from the declarant in writing. This will need to be presented by the driver at the office of departure along with the LRN.

  2. Make sure there are no pending documentary checks on the DUCRs. If there are any, the driver may be turned away at the office of departure.

  3. Take the goods to an Inland Border Facility (IBF) or a port’s designated customs facility first, if it is selected for an inspection. The driver will need to inform the staff at the site that the goods have been selected for an inspection.

  4. If the driver is given a MUCR by the declarant under step 1, and the goods are presented at an office of departure along with a valid MUCR and LRN, the driver will receive a printed TAD. The haulier will then need to input the transit MRN from the TAD (in the top right hand corner) into the GMR. This will need to be done before arriving at the GVMS location and failure to do so, will result in the goods being turned back at the frontier.

  5. Have a valid GMR for leaving through any of the GVMS locations. If the driver does not have one, they will not be able to leave.


Note: check beforehand as the process can vary per port.


The exporter/agent is responsible for updating the haulage company and driver on the status of the TAD.


Safety and security requirements apply as normal in the EU and GB for goods being moved using transit.


Combined TSADs cannot be used to meet safety and security requirements in GB (UK EXS declarations). Traders moving goods under transit need to ensure that the appropriate safety and security declarations are made via other means in the EU and in GB where necessary.


As TSADs cannot currently be used for ENS requirements on transit movements from GB to EU, separate TAD entries must be made into the EU Transit System (NCTS), and separate ENS declarations must be made into that member state’s ICS using a commercial EDI platform.


At the EU border


If the movement is being made under the CTC, the TAD must be presented by the driver to the EU customs authorities in line with the EU’s procedures. In many cases, the ferry operator/Eurotunnel will do this on your behalf. Check with your carrier before you travel.

After the EU border


If the movement is made under the CTC, the driver must present the TAD at an EU Office of Destination or to an authorised consignee, where the transit procedure will be closed. The goods will then be subject to EU import procedures.