Transit

Transit is a customs procedure that allows goods to be moved across international borders under customs control. A guarantee is required to secure all charges on the goods. There are three types of transit:

  • Union transit - allows for the movement of goods within the customs territory of the European Union (EU).
  • Common transit - allows for the movement of goods between:
    • the Union and the common transit countries
    • and
    • the common transit countries themselves.
  • Transport Internationaux Routiers (TIR) - allows for the movement of goods internationally over one or more frontiers. A portion of the journey between the start and end of the TIR operation must be conducted by road.

Note

The common transit countries are Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. (The combined territories of the Union, and the common transit countries are known as the common transit area).

Authorised consignor

An authorised consignor is a person authorised by Revenue to carry out transit operations without presenting the goods at the customs office of departure.

You can make your application for authorised consignor electronically using the Customs Decision System (CDS).

Authorised consignee

An authorised consignee is a person authorised by Revenue to receive goods moved under a transit procedure at: 

  • his premises
  • or 
  • any other specified place

without presenting them at the customs office of destination.

You can make your application for authorised consignee electronically using the Customs Decision System (CDS).

You can apply for approval as an authorised consignor or an authorised consignee. This allows you to complete the transit formalities at your own premises and communicate with Revenue electronically through the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS).

Further information

If you require further information, contact the Transit Unit.