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Detailed guide: ECMT international road haulage permits

Driver Vehicle Standards Agency

October 29
13:56 2019

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The UK is leaving the EU. This page tells you how to use ECMT permits until Brexit and how to buy permits to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

Check what to do now to carry out international road haulage after Brexit and sign up for email alerts for the latest information.

You do not need ECMT permits for most international journeys until 31 July 2020, even if theres a no-deal Brexit.

The ECMT scheme includes all EU countries (except Cyprus) and these 16 countries:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine.

What you need ECMT permits for

You need an ECMT permit to transport most types of goods (or drive an empty vehicle) through the EU (except Cyprus), Liechtenstein and Norway to these 14 countries:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Cyprus is not part of the ECMT scheme. You cannot use an ECMT permit to transport goods through Cyprus to ECMT countries.

What you do not need ECMT permits for

You can transport some types of goods without ECMT permits. Check pages 11 and 13 of the ECMT user guide for the list.

What you cannot use ECMT permits for

You cannot use ECMT permits:

  • to travel through ECMT countries to countries that are not in the scheme
  • for cabotage (loading and unloading goods for hire or reward between 2 points in a country by a vehicle thats not registered in that country)

Eligibility

To apply for an ECMT permit, you must:

Apply for permits

You can apply for 30-day ECMT permits for journeys up to December 2019.

The way you apply depends on when you need the permit.

October 2019 permits

Email DVSA to apply.

DVSA International Road Haulage Permits Office
shorttermecmt@dvsa.gov.uk

You need to include:

  • your operator licence number
  • the journey destination (it must be either Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey or Ukraine)
  • proof that youll be travelling to this country during October 2019 (for example, a contract to import and export, or evidence of recent or regular travel to the country)
  • how many permits you need (up to 5)
  • which type of vehicle youll use (Euro V or Euro VI)
  • the vehicle registration numbers (number plates)
  • the vehicle and trailer types and makes
  • the vehicle identification numbers (VINs)
  • the vehicle engine types and numbers

November 2019 and December 2019 permits

You can buy 30-day permits if in November and December 2019 you plan to travel through the EU (except Cyprus), Liechtenstein and Norway to one of these countries:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey or Ukraine.

To buy permits, you need:

  • your username and password to manage your vehicle operator licence
  • a debit or credit card to pay the application fee

When you sign in, select the Permits tab.

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2020 permits

Check back for updates about how to apply for permits for 2020.

Fees

You have to pay 20 for each individual permit. You pay 10 immediately, and then another 10 to have the permit issued when your details have been checked.

Rules for using the permits

You can use an ECMT permit to make an unlimited number of journeys within:

  • a calendar year, if you have an annual permit
  • 30 days of the start date on the permit, if you have a short-term permit

You can only use your original permit. You cannot:

  • make copies of it
  • transfer it to other vehicle operators or businesses
  • use it in more than one vehicle at a time

Do not laminate the permit, as it may be stamped at checkpoints.

ExampleIf you have 10 ECMT permits, you can have a maximum of 10 vehicles making journeys to or through ECMT countries at once.

When a vehicle returns to the UK, you can move the permit to another vehicle on your operator licences. That vehicle can then make journeys to or through ECMT countries.

If you have more than one vehicle operator licence

You can use an ECMT permit for a vehicle assigned to any of your operator licences. Its not allocated to a specific operator licence.

Rules for the vehicles and trailers

You cannot use ECMT permits youre allocated:

  • for unaccompanied trailers or semi-trailers
  • with vehicles of a different Euro emissions class to that shown on the permit

Get an ECMT certificate of compliance for vehicles and trailers

You must carry an ECMT certificate of compliance in your vehicle and trailer. They must confirm the vehicle meets the correct Euro emissions standard and the trailer meets the technical safety requirements.

If your permit application is successful, request a certificate from your vehicle or trailer manufacturer, or contact DVSA for advice.

DVSA International Road Haulage Permits Office
irhp@dvsa.gov.uk

Get an ECMT certificate of roadworthiness for vehicles and trailers

You must carry an ECMT certificate of roadworthiness for your vehicle and trailer.

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