When goods move across several transit countries or customs territories within Europe, import duties or other charges may have to be paid and refunds claimed at different points. The Union transit procedure allows you to move goods with only one customs clearance. It facilitates the movement of goods and customs regulations between the Member States of the European Union and Andorra and San Marino. Goods can be moved from their point of departure to their final destination, where customs and national tax requirements are met. In order to place your goods under the Union transit procedure more easily, you as a company or individual can apply for the status of "authorised consignor". The authorisation of the "authorised consignor status" enables you to open Union transit procedures on your own, even outside the opening hours of the customs office of departure at the places authorised in the authorisation. The clearance and control obligations of the customs office of departure are transferred to you as the holder of the authorisation. You may issue transit declarations seal means of transport or packages in accordance with customs regulations, transport goods without the customs office having to take action, process your imports and exports electronically with the customs authorities via the NCTS system (New Computerised Transit System). An "authorised consignor" status approved in Germany is only valid for Union transit procedures that start in Germany. Once approved, you do not need to renew the status.