In the wake of the Brexit post-transition period, you might be wondering whether you need to use common transit or union transit to export your goods outside of Great Britain.

This article will discuss what CTC movements are and what kind of transit you need to use to export your goods from Great Britain. By the end, you will better understand what is required of you when exporting goods from Great Britain after Brexit.

What are CTC Movements?

CTC stands for common transit conventions, or common transit countries, and is used for moving goods between the countries that are a part of the CTC. This includes all the EU member states, EFTA countries, including Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein, Turkey, Macedonia, and Serbia.

At the time when Great Britain was a member of the EU, the nation was also a part of the CTC. Today, in the post-Brexit period, Great Britain has negotiated membership in the CTC in its own right, even though the nation is no longer a member of the EU.

Therefore, any post-Brexit trading relationship between Great Britain and an EU state will follow the guidelines appropriate to CTC movements. UK-based businesses must declare that they are exporting under CTC, and although the businesses themselves aren’t registered for CTC, Great Britain as a nation is still registered.

Benefits of CTC Movements

If you are wondering why Great Britain was adamant about negotiating membership in the CTC after exiting from the EU, the answer is simple. Multiple benefits come with being a member of the CTC.

As a means of moving goods out of the UK or through EU states, CTC movements allow you to move your goods quickly through foreign customs territories without having to declare your goods multiple times.

Requirements for CTC Movements Out of Great Britain

As a UK-based business, you can use common transit to move your goods to other common transit countries. Below are the steps you need to take as an exporter and as a haulier of goods being exported to CTC members from the UK.

For Exporters

  1. Apply for an Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI)
  2. Work out how much transit guarantee you require
  3. Get a transit/customs guarantee
  4. Apply for access to the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS)
  5. Apply for admission to Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF)

For Hauliers

  1. Ensure that you have adequate information regarding the goods in question from the exporter
  2. Ensure that you have all your professional details and can provide them whenever asked

Final Words

Although Great Britain is no longer a member of the EU, the nation has negotiated membership in the CTC on its own terms.

Therefore, UK-based businesses and exporters who are moving their goods outside the UK to other CTC members must follow the steps outlined in this article to move their goods via common transit conventions.

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