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How to transit goods

Submit the transit declaration via the Customs Clearance Service or with a message if you are a message declarant. 

The transit declaration can be submitted by any person or company. You can also use a forwarding agency or other representative to submit the transit declaration on your behalf. 

First, ensure the following:

  • The company has an EORI number

  • If you are a private customer, you must be able to identify yourself with identification
  • You have applied for the mandates needed for making the transit declaration. 
  • You have obtained documentation on goods restrictions, if any. Read more on
  • You are prepared to lodge a transit guarantee for the goods. 
  • The means of transport with which goods are transited will be sealed. Ensure that the means of transport is sealable, i.e. you cannot enter the cargo space without opening the seal. 

Submit the transit declaration via the Customs Clearance Service or with a message if you are a message declarant. 

Example situation: The goods arrived from outside the EU to the temporary storage facility and you move (transit) the goods from there undeclared, e.g. to another warehouse or to another transit country (to an EU country or a common transit country). 

For the transit declaration, you will need e.g.

  • Information on a function that preceded the transit (previous document).  
  • MRN, goods item number and possible transport document details. 
  • Warehouse identification, if the goods are entered in the warehouse records of a warehouse approved by Customs. The identification details are often entered in the arrival notification.
  • Accurate commercial description of the goods to be transited. Based on this, the value and the required guarantees are determined for the goods to be transited. 

You can also provide the commodity code of the goods, which speeds up the processing of the declaration. 

The code list contains the codes to be used in the declaration. 

  • Customs gives you a Transit Accompanying Document, with which you will receive the goods from the place of departure. This is usually a warehouse approved by Customs. Transporting the goods is not allowed until Customs has initiated the transit, i.e. released the goods for the transit procedure. 
  • A warehouse keeper can transfer the goods or have them transferred on their own responsibility to the customs office of departure to be placed under the transit procedure, or require that the carrier picking up the goods uses the services of an authorised consignor. The customs office of departure assesses and decides if the goods can be released for the transit procedure without sealing.

  • Present the goods at the destination and the MRN at the customs office or to the authorised consignee. Read more about discharging the transit procedure
  • Request unloading permission from Customs in the Customs Clearance Service or with a message. 
  • Provide Customs with the unloading result in the Customs Clearance Service or with a message (use the same channel as when requesting the unloading permission). 

If the goods do not arrive or the transit procedure is not discharged, you will receive a request for clarification or possibly a customs invoice from Customs for the payment of taxes and charges.

  • If the transport is cancelled for some reason, you can invalidate the transit.
  • The customs declaration can only be corrected when Customs has not yet placed the goods under the transit procedure.

Amendment and invalidation of a transit declaration