Transit Clearance

Transit Clearance

Are you looking for quick and compliant support in customs transit procedures? We are here to help you. We are a full-service customs expert offering:

Effective and compliant transit clearance services
1500+ customs professionals that handle your transit needs
Digital-first approach in all customs clearance operations

Contact us today and one of our customs specialists will be in touch.

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What are the advantages of having Customs Support as your transit customs provider? Through support from over 1,500 customs experts empowered by our advanced customs technology we can provide you with the following critical services and benefits:

Customs Guarantee

We have the needed guarantees to issue documentation for your goods in transit.

Strict compliance

You can rely on us to keep your transit customs activities compliant to minimise risks of delays and audits.

Qualified professionals

Expert advice from transit brokers who know both your industry and location.

Real-time monitoring

See exactly where your documents are at with your own client portal.

Europe-wide coverage

You can utilise Customs Support throughout Europe, with a single point of contact.

Innovation and digitalisation

Reduced risks of error by eliminating manual repetition, safeguarding your compliance.

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Transit documents

We prepare and submit your transit documents clearance in all EU countries where we are present, Switzerland and the UK.

Fast and accurate

Your transit is processed in good time, and with the care it requires.

External communication

We liaise with national authorities to ensure you meet guidance.

Advanced knowledge

We provide advice on the correct procedures when using transit documents.

Risk assessments

We continuously analyse your compliance risks.

Support and coordination

We support and coordinate your physical inspections, together with customs-related authorities.

Transit clearance | Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For what kind of goods and countries can I use your transit services? 

There are two types of transit documents: 

  • T1 Document: a transport document needed if you want to transport goods coming from outside the European Union that haven’t been brought into free circulation (import cleared) yet. 
  • T2 Document: a transport document is needed if you want to transport goods that are in free circulation in the EU through or to countries that are not member states, like Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey.  

How does the T1 transit procedure work?

The T1 transit procedure is begun by the exporting customs broker, who is also liable for the payment of Duty and VAT on the goods. This is so that taxes can be levied on your goods by any transit country(ies) if the procedure is not completed at the destination country, preventing the use of T1 forms to bypass paying Duty and VAT to customs. 

How do I obtain a T1 customs form?

To obtain a T1 customs form, your transit broker will need to complete the declaration electronically on NCTS, before the haulier can book in to present your goods to the border agency and make the T1 form live. Once the T1 form is live, a copy of this must travel with your goods so that any inspecting border agents can identify the goods are travelling under a T1 transit procedure.  

T1 customs forms are closed off at the destination by presenting your goods to a border agency. The import clearance agent will also need to declare your T1 forms on their declaration to customs so that there is a record that the Duty and VAT have been paid. 

What is needed to create T1 forms?

After sending us an instruction to create the transit document, there are several pieces of information and documents that we need from you to create the transit document. T1 forms are created using the same documentation required for an export customs clearance (commercial invoice, packing list, and a transport document as a minimum).

Your customs broker will be able to complete both declarations simultaneously, provided your broker has a transit guarantee that allows them to raise T1s.

For a customs broker to have the authorisation to begin the T1 transit procedure, they need to have a guarantee that they can allocate the Duty and VAT of a shipment. If your T1 customs form is not closed off at the destination, the customs broker has guaranteed they will pay the taxes.

Your transit broker is only allowed a finite amount of Duty and VAT to be allocated against their guarantee at any time so that there is always enough capital to pay any outstanding taxes. At Customs Support, we have links to all ports and have the authorisation to complete T1 transit procedures.

How long do I have to close off a T1 customs form?

How long your transit document will take depends on the complexity and quantity of data submitted. Once your T1 customs form has gone live, it is expected to be closed off within 2-3 weeks. After this, customs will begin the process of reclaiming the Duty and VAT from your customs broker.

During stage 1 of the reclaim, the Central Community Transit Office (CCTO) will send a notice to your customs broker that they need evidence of the T1 transit procedure being completed so that they can close the T1 customs form on the NCTS.

One month after the stage 1 notice, the CCTO will issue a “Right to be heard” notice, which gives another month to produce evidence that the T1 form has been closed off.

After this months’ notice ends, your customs broker will be issued with a C18 payment demand for the Duty and VAT that is owed on the shipment.

What does Customs Support do to help my T1 form procedure?

Customs Support completes the T1 transit procedure for many exporters and we have expanded our guarantees since Brexit so that we can accommodate your shipments. If you need a customs broker that can raise T1 forms, or require any other customs services, please contact us today.