New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) upgrade to version 5

New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) upgrade to version 5

The common transit procedure is used in the EU, EFTA, Turkey, North Macedonia, and the UK. NCTS will be upgraded to version 5 – to be completed by December 1, 2023.

The New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) is a system of electronic declaration and processing that traders must use to submit Common Transit declarations. In addition, traders can also submit Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) declarations electronically if they are in Northern Ireland.

Improvements by the upgrade

As NCTS is used by the UK, all member states of the EU, and the signatories of the Common Transit Convention, changes have to be implemented in all of those countries. With the upgrade from version 4 to version 5, serveral improvements will be implemented, for example:

  • Pre-lodged declarations will be easier to handle
  • An additional customs office role will be added
  • The ability for a trader to check their guarantee balance will be added

Timeline of NCTS5

Pioneers for updating to NCTS5 will be Germany (DE), Poland (PL), Montenegro (ME), and Serbia (RS). These countries are planning to start implementation of version 5 in 2021.

National testing in all countries must be completed by November 2022. HMRC has announced that the switch to NCTS5 will then be made on December 1 , 2023 for both mainland Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

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Legislative background

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