Transport and warehousing

Goods imported from outside the European Union can be transported and stored within the EU without paying customs duties and taxes. There are many alternative customs procedures for this, especially if the goods are not expected to be re-exported immediately from the Union. The goods can e.g. be placed in temporary storage for a maximum period of 90 days or they can be stored for a longer period under the customs warehousing procedure.

There are also alternative ways of transporting goods, depending on whether or not the goods are of a commercial nature. Goods can be transported under the T transit procedure in countries that are part of the common transit area, and with a TIR Carnet to countries outside the EU and back.

The adjacent map shows which countries are part of the European Union and which countries are also part of the common transit area.

  • EU countries
    • EU’s customs and fiscal territory
    • Countries and territories that are in a customs union with the EU
    • Countries and territories that are part of the customs territory but not
  • EEA countries
  • Schengen countries
  • EFTA countries
  • Common Transit Area
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