The common transit procedure (CTT), an international customs transit procedure, will undergo some adjustments at the beginning of 2018. Companies should inform themselves about the changes.
New common transit procedure from May 2018
The common transit procedure is used in the EU, the EFTA states, Turkey, Serbia and Macedonia for the cost-effective international dispatch of duty unpaid goods. By decision of 5 December 2017, published in the Official Journal of the EU on 12 January 2018, the EU-EFTA Joint Committee on Common Transit adapted the Convention on the Common Transit Procedure to the Union Customs Code (CCC). This concerns in particular the possibility created by the UCC of using the electronic transport document as a transit declaration for air transport. The corresponding regulations are applicable from 1 May 2018 at the latest. The other amendments concern certain provisions concerning the dispatch and customs status of Union goods which will only apply at a later date, as they require the upgrading or putting into service of the corresponding electronic systems.
Companies can benefit from innovations
The provisions in the Annexes to the Convention had to be adapted to ensure smooth and efficient trade flows between the Union and the Parties to the Convention within a harmonised legal framework. Companies using the common transit procedure for the transport of duty unpaid goods should always keep abreast of changes to the Convention.
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