New Computerised Transit System (NCTS/NCTS5)

For traders involved in the movement of goods that require transit declarations, it’s essential to become familiar with the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS). This is the system you must use to submit your transit declarations, and ensure the movement of goods through the UK and EU will be accepted, without costly delays. 

Find out how our innovative NCTS solution is helping traders to create T1 and T2 transit declarations, and ensure that operations run as smoothly as possible.

What is the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS)?

The New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) is an electronic system used to accept and process electronic transit declarations. It was  designed to replace the previous, paper-based CT system and to provide better management and control of Community and Common Transit. It is adopted by all EU Member States, the EFTA and V4 countries, and its use is also a condition of accession for those countries shortly to join the EU.

Our NCTS solution helps to uphold CTC transit procedures, such as correct documentation, accurate record-keeping, and the efficient transfer of data between departure and destination customs offices.

Our NCTS application

The Thyme-IT system has supported NCTS declarations since March 2004. We have designed, developed and successfully implemented a solution which specifically addresses the requirements of the New Computerised Transit System. 

Our NCTS solution provides the necessary functionality to allow entry of information, via a number of simple web pages, and the transmission / receipt of data for all transit messages.

Information is validated at time of entry, prior to submission of transit messages to the relevant customs authorities, to ensure that the data entered is correct.

The Benefits of our NCTS Software Solution

To minimise entry of data and save you considerable time when entering both import and export transit declarations, our NCTS software solution provides the facility to record data relating to your company, representatives, and guarantees. This information, common to all messages, is used when generating messages, transit documents, and more.

Data search screens, list boxes, and text search facilities are provided within the NCTS solution. This minimises the need for paper documentation, or an extensive knowledge of codes and tables, ensuring that time required to enter transactions and validate data is kept to a minimum.

By utilising our NCTS solution, you can:

  • Reduce time spent on transit document creation, and other admin.
  • Reduce the risk of data entry mistakes, which can lead to costly shipment delays.
  • Manage import and export transit movements, as well as arrival notification messages.
  • Ensure total compliance with customs & excise procedures for both the origin and destination of your shipment.
  • Simplify your internal processes, allowing you to focus your resources on growing your business.


This is a no-obligation initial step to review your customs requirements. Simply make an enquiry, and a member of our team will be in touch shortly to see if our customs software solution can help streamline your operations and improve the performance of your business.


New Computerised Transit System: Frequently Asked Questions

What is NCTS5?

NCTS5 refers to Phase 5 of the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS). This electronic system must be adopted by all members of the Common Transit Convention (CTC) during 2024. NCTS5 is an updated system for traders to submit transit declarations electronically, and remain compliant with all relevant Customs & Excise procedures. This helps to ensure the safe and legal movement of goods between CTC member countries and the transportation of goods in and out of Great Britain, maintaining a reliable electronic declaration system for traders to use.

Who needs to use NCTS?

Traders that are transporting goods manufactured outside of the UK/EU to their final destination within the UK/EU must use the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS). Traders moving EU Community goods across borders within the EU may also need to use NCTS.

 Any shipments you send will be assigned a movement reference number (MRN), which can be printed as both a numeric code, and a barcode. If you do not have the ability to print C&E compliant barcodes at your business premises, this can also be done at the customs office of departure for your shipment.

What is the common transit procedure?

Common customs transit procedures refer to the protocols put in place that allow goods to move efficiently between Common Transit Convention (CTC) member states. This shared system specifies what documentation shipments require to pass between member countries with minimum delays, whilst remaining compliant with relevant customs laws and regulations. 

The common transit procedure is shared by countries within the European Union, as well as the United Kingdom, and other member countries such as Turkey, Serbia, and Ukraine.

How do I access NCTS in the UK?

NCTS can be accessed via the Online Service section of the HMRC website or using purpose-built customs software. You will need to create a trader’s account to access this service, using your Government Gateway User ID and Password. If you do not have these, you will need to register for this service, in order to begin using the NCTS.

Are there any applications or software to simplify NCTS?

Thyme-IT’s innovative NCTS solution has been designed with traders in mind. Using our online transit solution, you can generate transit declarations with all the data needed for a smooth journey through customs, and manage your declarations with ease. At Thyme-IT, we give traders the tools they need to simplify their transit processes while remaining compliant with all the relevant customs procedures. 

Contact us for a free consultation today and our team of experts will be in touch to discuss your requirements.