Request authorisation to use an electronic transport document (ETD) as a customs declaration Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

As an airline or shipping company you can apply for a simplification in the transit procedure. With this simplification it is possible to use an electronic transport document as a transit declaration in the Union transit procedure.

The Union transit procedure facilitates the movement of goods and customs formalities when transporting goods between 2 member states of the customs territory of the European Union (EU). Goods under the Union transit procedure are only cleared through customs at their final destination, without import duties or customs formalities being due when crossing borders during transport.

As an airline or shipping company, you can request the use of an electronic transport document as a transit declaration to place goods under the Union transit procedure. In order to benefit from this procedural simplification, you must submit an electronic application.

In air transport, you can also transport the goods between the countries of the European Union (EU) and the countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) after the corresponding authorisation has been granted.

Please enclose the following documents with the application:

  • Parts I to III and V of the Customs Conditions Questionnaire
    • Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) do not need the questionnaire.

The documents are to be sent directly to the competent main customs office with reference to the application number generated by the EU Trader Portal.

Forms: yes
Online procedure possible: yes
Written form required: yes
Personal appearance required: no








Related Links

  • Link zum EU-Trader Portal
  • Link zu Informationen zum Antrag über das EU-Trader Portal

Preconditions

The authorisation will be granted only if you meet the following conditions:

  • You operate a significant number of flights/trips between airports/ports in the Union.
  • The customs office at the airport/port of departure and the customs office at the airport/port of destination have the relevant information available in electronic form. This information shall be identical.

Related Links

  • Artikel 233 Absatz 4 Buchstabe e) Verordnung (EU) Nr. 952/2013 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates vom 9. Oktober 2013 zur Festlegung des Zollkodex der Union, Unionszollkodex (UZK)
  • Artikel 199 Delegierte Verordnung (EU) 2015/2446 vom 28. Juli 2015 zur Ergänzung des UZK (UZK-DA) (Luftverkehr)
  • Artikel 200 Delegierte Verordnung (EU) 2015/2446 vom 28. Juli 2015 zur Ergänzung des UZK (UZK-DA) (Seeverkehr)
  • Artikel 233 Absatz 4 Buchstabe e) Unionszollkodex (UZK) in Verbindung mit Artikel 89 Absatz 8 d) Unionszollkodex (UZK) (keine Sicherheitsleistung)
  • Artikel 108 ff. Versandübereinkommen zwischen den EFTA-Ländern und der Europäischen Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft (ausschließlich für den Luftverkehr)

Related Links

  • Informationen zur EORI-Nummer auf der Internetseite der Europäischen Kommission
  • Allgemeine Informationen zur EORI-Nummer auf der Internetseite der Zollverwaltung
  • Fragen und Antworten zur EORI-Nummer auf der Internetseite der Zollverwaltung
  • EORI-Leitfaden auf der Internetseite der Europäischen Kommission
  • EORI-Datenbank auf der Internetseite der EU-Kommission
  • Informationen zum EU-Trader Portal auf der Internetseite der Europäischen Kommission

If you wish to apply for an ETD authorisation, you must submit the application electronically via the EU Trader Portal. This is an IT application accessible via the European Commission's website for the electronic submission of applications for customs authorisations.

To access the EU Trader Portal you need to

  • a user account. If you do not have a user account yet,
    • complete the application to set up an EU user account (form 05700),
    • send the form by e-mail to the Master Data Management Team of the Directorate General of Customs - Dresden office. (stammdatenmanagement@zoll.bund.de)
  • an EORI number (Economic Operators Registration and Identification number).
    • If you do not yet have an EORI number, you must apply for one in your user account in the Citizens and Business Customer Portal of the Customs Administration. You can access the "EORI No. Administration" via the user account and apply for a new EORI number.
  • Log in to the EU Trader Portal with your access data.
  • Fill in the application for the authorisation type ETD and send it.
  • If necessary, send Parts I to III and V of the Customs Authorisation Questionnaire directly to the relevant main customs office with reference to the application number generated by the EU Trader Portal.
  • If the main customs office has successfully checked whether all requirements for an authorization are met, an authorization is issued electronically in the EU-Trader Portal.
  • If the requirements are not met, you will receive a notice of rejection of the application by post.

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Federal Ministry of Finance

Last update or date of publication
08.04.2021