A. General Information

1. Title

UK using New Computerized Transit System (NCTS)border crossing

2. Status of the project
3. Implementation period of the project/service:
6. Participating agencies/entities of the project/service:
a. Development stage
Lead agencies/entities
UK HMRC , EU Commission
Other participating agencies/entities
b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities (op)
UK HMRC, EU Commission
Other participating agencies/entities (op)
7. Main stakeholders/beneficiaries of the project
Traders (big enterprises)
Traders (SMEs)
Customs brokers
8. Business process category of the project
Regulatory/official control

B. Lessons Learned

9. Summary description of the project/service
Brief Summary

The New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) is a system of electronic declaration and processing that traders must use to submit Common Transit declarations. This system allows the UK to access the Common Transit Convention (CTC) to cope with post-Brexit barriers.


a. Objective(s)

The New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) is a system of electronic declaration and processing that traders must use to submit Common Transit declarations. 

After the Brexit, UK Government has been negotiating UK accession to the Common Transit Convention (CTC) as a contracting party.The UK acceded to the Convention from the date that the Convention no longer applies to the UK as member of the EU.

To align UK’s system with the CTC, implement system enhancements and to reflect the change of country status of the UK following the exit from the EU, changes are being made to New Computerised Transit System.

b. Business need for the project (background)

To overcome cross-border barriers arising after Brexit.

c. Business process covered*

Computerized transit system has been operated for exchanging electronic messages. These messages replace the various paper documents and certain formalities of the transit system. The messages are exchanged electronically:

-between the economic operators and customs

- between custom offices of one country

-among national customs administrations themselves.

d. Overall architecture and functionalities*

When entering a transit declaration into the NCTS an electronic message is sent to the customs office of departure (trader will need Gov gateway user ID and password to sign in to the system)

 If the declaration is accepted the system allocates a movement reference number. The Anticipated Arrival Record message is sent by the office of departure to the destination customs office.

The consignments must travel with a Transit Accompanying Document (TAD). The TAD includes consignment’s Movement Reference Number – printed in numeric form and as a barcode. Barcodes must be printed to the ISO code 128 standard.

The simplified NCTS procedure allows consignors to declare goods to community transit representing them at the office of departure.   This allows the automatic release of goods.   They may print out the TAD at the consignor’s premises.   They may remove goods under customs control directly from their authorized location and approved facilities such as a warehouse, designated export place or temporary storage facility.

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e. Relevant document/figure
10. Documents and data exchanged via the project

Transit declaration

11. Data models/databases, proprietary solutions, hybrid approaches

The submission of transit declaration is done via  New Computerized Transit System.

12. Main challenges faced during the project
13. Lessons learned from the project
14. Main benefit(s) of the project
Enhanced regulatory compliance*
Transaction Cost savings*
Transaction Time savings
Simplified process
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained

Direct data exchange between customs administrations

Elimination of fraudulent document manipulation

Reduction of number of enquiry procedures.

15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance
16. Future plan for expansion of the project
17. Other information or relevant references on the project

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18. Relevant document regarding the project

C. Relevant Standards

20. Electronic message standard
20A. Electronic message standard supporting the project
EDIFACT message is used.:
20B. Type of standard for electronic message applied for the project
21. Technical communication standard
21A. Technical communication standard supporting the project
21B. Type of technical communication standard applied for the project
22. Security-related standards*
22A. Security-related standard supporting the project
22B. Type of security-related standard applied for the project
23. Other Technical Information
23A. Interface developed for data exchange with an internal system
23B. Other technical implementation information