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Documents: Common European transit

Common and European transit

General and European transit rules in Russian

Common and Union transit in Russian version (release)

General and Union transit

Common transit – Common transit

The common transit procedure is used to transport goods between 28 EU member states, EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland), Turkey (from December 1, 2012), The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (from July 1, 2015), and Serbia (from February 1, 2016). This procedure is based on the Convention of 20 May 1987 on common transit. On April 28, 2016, the Convention was amended by Decision No. 1/2016 of the Joint EU / EFTA Committee in order to bring it into line with the Customs Code of the Union. The rules are virtually identical to the rules of transit of the Union.

Union transit – Union transit

This procedure is used for customs transit operations between the Member States of the EU (and Andorra and San Marino) and is generally applicable to the movement of incompatible goods for which customs duties and other charges are levied on imports, as well as goods of the Union that are between the point of departure and the destination in the EU must pass through the territory of a third country. The rules are set out in the Customs Code of the Union. See the UCC Information Pages.

Transit Manual – Transit Manual

The Transit Guide is the most comprehensive source of information on general and union transit. As such, the manual is a tool to promote a better understanding of how the transit procedure works, and the roles of various actors. It is also a tool to better ensure the consistent application of transit regulations and equal treatment for all operators. The manual is presented in nine main parts as follows:

Part I. General introduction

Part II. Cargo status

Part III. Guarantees

Part IV: Standard Transit Procedure NCTS (New Electronic Computerized Transit System)

Part V: Adjustment procedure

Part VI. Simplification

Part VII: Completion of the transit operation, request

Part VIII: Debt and Recovery

Part IX. TIR procedure

Practical information

Address book of the transit network

The book contains addresses of national coordinators and about 400 regional and local transit liaison officers. Part of its role is to ensure regular dialogue with operators at the national and local levels and to facilitate their contacts with customs services on all aspects of the functioning of transit regimes.

NCTS MRN Customs Transit Database

Guide to Regular Shipping Regular Shipping Service

Guide to Customs Procedures for Maritime Shipping Short Sea Shipping


The law on customs transit procedures in the Union is laid down in the Customs Code of the Union (EU Regulation No. 952/2013) in Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/2446, Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 and Commission Regulation (EC) 2016/341 as amended.

Convention on General Transit: The Convention of 20 May 1987 on the general transit procedure constitutes the basis for the movement of goods between the twenty-eight member States of the EU, the four EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland), Turkey, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. Decisions of the European Court of Justice