Moving goods under Transit Procedure via the UK landbridge: Ireland – Great Britain – Sweden

17 June 2021 –


Since 1 January 2021 a range of new steps must be completed in order to move goods under the transit procedure via Great Britain. Depending on the model used by operators to manage the transit (e.g. in-house or via a customs agent), there is flexibility as to who completes a number of steps. It is therefore vital that all actors in the transit chain (e.g. traders, logistics companies, customs agents, hauliers etc.) understand and agree in advance who is responsible for each of the steps along the route. Failing to clarify this will disrupt your trade and lead to possibly severe delays including not being given permission to enter Ports or board ships.

The term “Responsible Operator” is used below to cover all relevant actors within the transit chain (e.g. traders, logistics companies, customs agents, hauliers etc.) who, depending on circumstances, may complete the required processes and steps.

Set out below is an overview of the steps traders should take when moving goods under transit between Ireland and Sweden. The example is for illustrative purposes and should be taken as broad advice only. It is up to the responsible operators to ensure that they understand the precise steps required to move their specific consignments across their chosen transit route and who will be responsible for completing the various steps.

For the purposes of the examples, the traders involved are considered to be customs compliant (i.e. has an Irish EORI number and is VAT registered), and has made provision to have a financial guarantee in place and is not an authorised consignor.

In order to avail of the flexibilities provided for EU-EU transits, vehicles should only contain Union goods i.e. goods that are in free circulation in the EU. Where operators consolidate loads in Great Britain, separate processes to the ones described below apply – in effect, these full consignments will be considered imports into the EU and non-Union goods i.e. Great Britain goods, will be subject to import procedures, checks and controls at the point of import to the EU rather than transit procedures meaning the vehicle will have to stop on re-entry to the EU.

The list of Sweden’s designated BCPs is available here.

Ireland to Great Britain

1. Live animals and germinal products must always be accompanied by the relevant intra-EU trade certificate.

2. Consignments of animal by-products must be sealed by the responsible operator.

3. The Swedish authorities require the responsible operator to give 24 hours prior notification of arrival of consignments of live animals, germinal products, products of animal origin, composite products, animal by-products and derived products, and hay and straw by submitting Part 1 of the Common Health Entry Document (CHED) in TRACES NT.

4. The Responsible Operator submits a combined exit summary declaration and transit declaration onto the NCTS system.

5. Create a Pre-Boarding Notification (PBN) on the Customs RoRo service. The PBN must include the MRN of the (S)TAD. If the vehicle contains several consignments, the MRNs of all the declarations must be included in the PBN.

6. Once the PBN is completed, the driver can check if they may proceed to Dublin or Rosslare Port using the Customs RoRo Service. The hard copy (S)TAD must travel with the goods. The driver provides the PBN details to the Ferry Operator at check in. If all is in order, the vehicle will be allowed to board the ferry.

7. The haulage company also must lodge the details of all the (S)TADs on the vehicle onto the UK’s Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS). This will require a UK EORI number to access the GVMS system.

Note: If you are moving animals/ SPS goods as part of the transit UK requirements also apply. These are detailed in the table here.

From 1 October 2021, consignments of animal products transiting the Landbridge will require:

1. Pre-notification on IPAFFS ; and

2. A Transit Health Certificates – the process of getting a Transit Health Certificate is the same as getting an Export Health Certificate and depends on your commodity type. More information on getting a Transit Health Certificate is available from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

In Great Britain

8. Upon arrival in Great Britain, if all in order, driver does not have to interact with Border Force as the office of transit function will be completed digitally using the GVMS information. GVMS is in operation at Holyhead, Liverpool and Fishguard. If GVMS is not operational, a call at an Office of Transit is required to have the (S)TAD stamped.

9. The requirement for an exit summary declaration at exit from the UK, where the goods are moving on a RoRo service, has been waived until 1 October 2021.

10. Hauliers moving goods through the UK may wish to be aware of the operation of a number of UK Government haulier advice site locations throughout the UK where hauliers can check their documents prior to travelling to the port. The UK Government has indicated that the busiest sites will remain open until at least August 2021. As of 20 April, there is no longer the requirement to obtain a ‘Kent Access Pass’ prior to travelling to ports in Kent.

Great Britain – Sweden

11. The entry summary declaration will be submitted by the ferry operator based on information provided by the companies. Details of the Transit Accompanying Document (TAD) need to be pre-notified to Swedish Customs, using NCTS system, by the holder of the transit procedure.

12. Prior to arrival in Sweden, the company/accompanying driver should check If the lorry needs to go for inspection at the Swedish Food Agency or the Swedish Board of Agriculture. Agriculture/food/animal products need to be pre-notified to BIP and get status “green” from BIP, before the Customs procedure.

13. Before leaving the terminal (in Göteborg it is Gothenburg Roro Terminal, GRT), the operator(s) needs to check the status of the lorry at the terminal, to verify the cargo can be released with a suitable Customs procedure.

If a transit operation (T1, T2) is opened in IE or UK, the driver needs to attend at the Office of Destination (SE603303) just beside the terminal. The transit needs to be registered in NCTS, and transit formalities such as recording the border passage (Movement Crossing Frontier) or a standard customs procedure (an import declaration) have to be fulfilled. The driver hands over the TAD with the supporting documents (delivery notes) to allow closing of the Transit operation.

After a (MCF) record of the border passage the transit operation can continue to another Office of Destination/ Authorised Consignee.

Transit operation T2 needs to be lodged at Customs Office of Destination in order to immediately be released for free circulation.

14. Once all of the steps are performed, the transit is closed in the NCTS system and the financial guarantee is automatically released.


Original Post By Department of the Taoiseach 

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