NCTS – New Computerised Transit System

The NCTS is being used in the UK and all member states of the EU and the Common Transit countries. You should utilize it if you’re a trader and have the desire to move goods under the Common Transit procedure.


The Common Transit procedure can be used for movements between the UK, the EU and the Common Transit countries. These are the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland) and Turkey, North Macedonia and Serbia. 

The TIR procedure is used for transit operations that begin, end or transit a third (non-EU) country. You’ll also have to declare such goods to NCTS for any part of the journey taking place within the UK and the EU. 

At the point when you enter a transit declaration into the NCTS an electronic message is forwarded to the customs office of departure.  

If the system accepts your declaration; MRN will be assigned, and the office of departure notifies the destination customs office of the anticipated arrival record message. 

Transit declaration submission to the NCTS 

Declarant specified the route to a final destination. If there are any errors, the NCTS system will respond back with what you need to correct before your declaration can be accepted, and If your declaration is accepted then the journey will begin in the following way: 

  • The customs office of departure will be notified. 
  • The customs office will check and validate your request before the goods are released. 
  • The system will send MRN. 
  • Goods will be allowed to travel by Border Force. 
  • When goods are released, the system will tell any other customs offices involved in the journey that the goods are on their way. 

    It’s important that the  Transit Accompanying Document (TAD) is presented to customs at the office of destination, so they can inform the NCTS that the goods have arrived.  You can temporarily hold items temporarily under customs control that you have imported from outside the UK, and then you can release them to free circulation or export them outside the UK or place them under a customs special procedure. For this, you must have an approved temporary storage facility. 

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