The previous document must be provided in the transit declaration

The previous function is provided based on the customs clearance or control documents concerning the goods. This detail is mandatory.

If the goods are brought into the EU directly from a third country and safety and security data are provided for them in a transit declaration, the previous document type is 9000 (no previous procedure) and no previous document is provided.

The previous document codes are listed in the code list “CL214_NCTS”. After the code, the reference number of the previous document and any additional information related to it must also be provided. In the transit declaration, a maximum of 99 previous document details can be provided for one goods item.

If the transited goods leave a temporary storage facility e.g. in a port or an airport, the previous document is the document with which the goods arrived at the temporary storage facility.

Note that if you enter 1ZZZ as the code for the previous document and an MRN as reference, you should enter “MRN” at the start of the reference, for example MRN23FIP00000000000J3.

Entry summary declaration (ICS2)

If the function preceding transit is an entry summary declaration submitted to the Commission’s system, provide the previous document in the transit declaration as follows:

  • code: N355
  • number: MRN of the entry summary declaration (format 23nnnnnnnnnnnnnATn)
  • additional information: goods item number
  • transport document reference.

If one MRN of a previous summary declaration covers several transport documents or goods items, each transport document and goods item must be entered separately. For example, MRN items 1–100 cannot be declared for one goods item.

If the entry summary declaration has been submitted under a fallback procedure, provide 1ZZZ as the previous document type and the reference number of the fallback procedure document as the previous document reference.

Entry summary declaration

If the function preceding transit is an entry summary declaration or a summary declaration, provide the previous document in the transit declaration as follows:

  • code: N355
  • number: MRN of the entry summary declaration (format 23FInnnnnnnnnnnnIn)
  • additional information: goods item number

If one MRN of a previous summary declaration covers several goods items, each goods item must be entered separately, that is, the code for previous function, MRN and goods item number. For example, MRN items 1–100 cannot be declared for one goods item.

If the entry summary declaration has been submitted under a fallback procedure, provide 1ZZZ as the previous document type and the reference number of the fallback procedure document as the previous document reference.

Temporary storage declaration

If the function preceding transit is a temporary storage declaration, provide the previous document in the transit declaration as follows:

  • code: N337
  • number: MRN of the temporary storage declaration (format 23FIEnnnnnnnnnnnUn)
  • additional information: goods item number
  • transport document reference

If one MRN of a previous temporary storage declaration covers several transport documents or goods items, each transport document and goods item must be entered separately. For example, MRN items 1–100 cannot be declared for one goods item.

If the temporary storage declaration has been submitted under a fallback procedure, provide 1ZZZ as the previous document type and the reference number of the fallback procedure document as the previous document reference.

Customs warehousing

If the function preceding transit is customs warehousing, provide the previous document in the transit declaration as follows:

  • code: NMRN
  • number: MRN of the customs warehousing declaration (format 23FIUnnnnnnnnnnnRn)

If the document preceding transit is a re-export declaration from a customs warehouse (3171), provide the previous document as follows:

  • code: N830
  • number: MRN of the export declaration for re-export (format 23FInnnnnnnnnnnnEn)
  • additional information: the goods item numbers in the re-export declaration are not provided

Transit declaration

If the function preceding transit is transit, provide the previous document in the transit declaration as follows:

  • examples of possible codes: 
    • N820 – Union/common transit declaration – Mixed consignments (T), if the transit contains both T1 and T2 goods (so-called mixed consignments)
    • N821 – External transit, electronic T1 or TIR
    • N822 – Internal Community transit procedure T2, if the transit contains T2 or T2F goods.
  • number: MRN of the transit declaration (e.g. format 23FIPnnnnnnnnnnnJn)
  • additional information: goods item number

If the transit declaration has been submitted under a fallback procedure, provide 1ZZZ as the previous document type and the reference number of the fallback procedure document as the previous document reference.

Export declaration

If the function preceding transit is the export procedure, provide the previous document in the transit declaration as follows:

  • code: N830 (can be used for example for common transit countries: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Türkiye, North Macedonia, Serbia, the United Kingdom and Ukraine)
  • number: MRN of the export declaration (format 23FInnnnnnnnnnnnEn)

If the export declaration has been submitted under a fallback procedure or the export procedure has already been discharged, provide 1ZZZ as the previous document type in the transit declaration, and the reference number of the fallback procedure document or the MRN of the discharged export as the previous document reference.