As an authorised consignor, you must always secure goods that you want to transport under the transit procedure with special seals. Your goods can be under space closure, for example a container, or under package closure, i.e. a transport container that has to be physically secured, to be physically secured. A special seal is, for example, a seal that is attached to the container or the package. The purpose of the special seals is to guarantee identity in the transit procedure. In other words, they are intended to ensure that the goods dispatched arrive unchanged at the customs office of destination. Damage to and removal of the special seals may have customs consequences. The customs office responsible decides at the time of the transit declaration whether a special seal is required for your specific consignment of goods. It may waive the sealing requirement if the description of the goods in the declaration data is so precise that the identity of the goods can be easily determined. For example, in the case of motor vehicles carried under the transit procedure, by stating the engine and chassis number. Authorisation for use As an authorised consignor, you may affix special officially approved seals yourself. However, as an authorised consignor, you require authorisation to use the special seals. You must apply for this authorisation in writing to your competent main customs office. If the competent main customs office authorises you in writing to use special seals, the decision will list all the special seals that you are permitted to use. You can also apply for the use of various special seals by submitting an application for approval. On the website of the Generalzolldirektion you will find a "List of special seals used". All the seals listed there have already been approved within the Union. As a rule, the authorities assume their suitability without further examination. You can also apply for the use of any other closure. However, before the customs authorities can authorise its use, it must be tested and approved. In the authorisation, an individual code is also assigned to you as an authorised consignor. It consists of the country code "DE" and a 4-digit number. You must inform the supplier of your closure of this code when ordering. It must be affixed to each individual closure.