T1 Bonds

Navigating the intricacies of T1 Bonds

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What Is The T1 Shipping Note?

The T1 document serves as a pivotal component in the customs clearance process when moving goods across international borders, especially for goods originating from outside the EU and destined for EU territories. Initiated by customs authorities at the point of departure, the T1 procedure remains open until the consignment reaches its final EU destination, with a stipulated period of no more than 8 days between these events.

For goods arriving from non-EU countries that have yet to be cleared for free circulation, trading them freely within the EU is contingent on settling VAT and import duties. The T1 document emerges as the solution to this predicament. This article delves into the T1 customs document, equipping you with the knowledge needed for seamless freight clearance in the EU.


How Does the T1 Document Operate?

Those overseeing the transit movement are obliged to provide a guarantee ensuring the payment of customs taxes, duties, and other charges should the T1 document requirements go unfulfilled. This guarantee typically takes the form of an acceptance by independent entities such as banks, holding liability jointly and severally with the principal.

Each T1 declaration is mandated to be submitted through the electronic NCTS (New Computerised Transit) System. While primarily paperless, a paper covering document called the TAD (Transit Accompanying Document) must accompany the goods during transit. This document must be presented at both the en route Office of Transit and the final Office of Destination upon the goods’ arrival.

The Transit Accompanying Document will feature an MRN (Movement Reference Number), generated by the electronic system upon acceptance of the declaration. The MRN is presented in both barcode and numerical formats. The customs process concludes when the goods arrive at their destination, at which point any taxes and duties become payable.


Do I Need a T1 Shipping Note?

You’ll require the T1 document in the following situations:

  • Transporting goods manufactured in a non-EU country through an EU country en route to a final EU destination.
  • Moving non-EU manufactured goods through an EU country with uncertainty about whether they will remain within EU territory.
  • Transporting non-EU manufactured goods through the EU, where they will be held under customs control.

What Information Does the T1 Document Contain?

The T1 document is meticulously assembled, incorporating details about the shipment, including the names of the consignee and consignor, total package weight, package quantity, seal numbers, tariff codes, and other pertinent information.

These particulars facilitate the seamless tracking of goods from sender to recipient during transit and enable a successful customs clearance process.

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