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What is an ECMT permit and do you need one?

As of 1st January 2021 you may require an ECMT (European Conference of Ministers of Transport) permit or other additional permits for journeys in or through the EU. An ECMT permit enables you to transport most goods through any ECMT member countries. To apply for an ECMT permit for 2021 you need to apply between 2nd November 2020 and 20th November 2020. Click here to find out how to apply now.

You will require an ECMT permit if you are transporting goods through the following countries (please note: Cyprus is not part of the ECMT scheme and you cannot use this permit in order to transport goods through the country):

  • EU
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • UK
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Georgia
  • North Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

What you will not require an ECMT permit for

You will not require any ECMT permits for journeys in 2020 within the whole of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the UK. Take a look at pages 11 and 13 from the Governments ECMT user guide to see what type of goods you are able to transport without holding an ECMT permit. With regards to your EU Community Licence for international road haulage, you will be able to use this up until 31st December 2020.

For more information or to find out how to apply, please contact our friendly expert Ruth Corkin who will be happy to assist you. Or head over to the government website for more information and how to apply.

Do you need extra information?

Ruth Corkin - Prinicipal - VAT and Indirect Tax Advisory at Hillier Hopkins

Ruth has been involved with VAT for over 30 years. She started her VAT career as a Customs and Excise Officer in Essex and then moved into consultancy with a variety of well-known accountancy firms. She is well known in the VAT world and is the proud author of many articles and technical works.

Contact Ruth at or on +44 (0)1908 713860

Based at the following office - Milton Keynes, Watford and London