What is a Movement Reference Number (MRN)?

What is a Movement Reference Number (MRN), and Why Do I Need One?

Customs Support consultant Richard Loomans
Richard Loomans
Consultant customs and trade affairs

The European Customs Union is made up of a wide variety of countries. The Customs Union ensures that all countries follow the same rules and processes when it comes to goods entering and leaving the countries in the union. Customs Authorities ensure the safe and secure flow of goods into and out of a country. They are also responsible for collecting tariffs.

What is an MRN?

MRN stands for Movement Reference Number. A Movement Reference Number (MRN) is issued by the Customs Authority in each member state.

Why do I Need an MRN?

The Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union has published that European Customs transit is a customs procedure used to facilitate the movement of goods between two points of a customs territory, via another customs territory, or between two or more different customs territories. It allows for the temporary suspension of duties, taxes and commercial policy measures that are applicable at import, thereby allowing customs clearance formalities to take place at the destination rather than at the point of entry into the customs territory.

Customs transit is particularly relevant to the Union where a single customs territory is combined with a multiplicity of fiscal territories. it allows the movement of goods under transit from their point of entry into the Union to their point of clearance where both the customs and national fiscal obligations are taken care of. The MRN number is the customs registration number that enables the customs authority to identify and process your export shipment in the customs system. It is the main reference for customs declaration and the most important link with your export goods.

To follow up on the process of the movement there is a database to track this movement. You can find that here.

Questions and Assitance

The many customs related processes and procedures can get complicated. If you have any questions regarding MRN or other import or export-related issues, you can contact one of our experts here.