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Detailed guide: ECMT international road haulage permits

Driver Vehicle Standards Agency

October 23
14:05 2020

The ECMT scheme includes all EU countries (except Cyprus) and these 17 countries:

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

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, Norway, Switzerland and the UK to these 13 countries:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, 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 do not need ECMT permits for journeys in 2020 entirely within the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the UK. You can still use your EU Community Licence for international road haulage until 31 December 2020, even though the UK has left the EU.

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 for 2020

You can buy 30-day permits if you plan to travel through the EU (except Cyprus), Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland in 2020 to one of these countries:

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

How to buy the permits

Email DVSA to buy the permits.

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, Turkey or Ukraine)
  • proof that youll be travelling to this country in 2020 (for example, a contract to import and export, or evidence of recent or regular to the country)
  • how many permits you need
  • which type of vehicle youll use (Euro V or Euro VI)

Apply for permits for 2021

You might need ECMT permits for journeys to or through the EU from 1 January 2021. You should apply for these in case theyre needed. This page will be updated if anything changes.

You can apply for permits for 2021 between 2 November and 20 November 2020.

Permits will only be allocated after the application period has ended. They are not allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get ready to apply

To apply, youll need to say:

  • which countries youll need to transport goods to or through in 2021
  • the number of international trips you made in 2019 (an outward and return trip counts as one trip)
  • the percentage of international trips you made in 2019
  • if your journeys include transit (passing through one or several EU countries, without collecting or delivering goods in the EU, before reaching a non-EU destination such as Switzerland)
  • if your journeys include cross-trade (moving goods between 2 ECMT member countries)
  • the emissions class of the vehicle youll be using the permits in (most permits are for Euro VI vehicles only, but a small number will be available for Euro V vehicles)
  • which sector you mainly transport goods in

The sectors you can choose from are:

  • chemicals
  • food products
  • furniture
  • metal
  • mail and parcels
  • raw materials and waste
  • refined fuels
  • transport and machinery
  • textiles
  • unrefined fuels
  • wood
  • other non-metallic mineral products
  • none of these sectors (youll be able to select this if you do not transport goods mainly in one of the other sectors)

Fees

You have to pay a 10 application fee for each permit.

You then have to pay for the actual permit. It costs:

  • 10 per permit for short-term permits (for use in 2020)
  • 123 per permit for an annual ECMT permit (for use in 2021)

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 have to return to the UK after every third journey.

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 lower Euro emissions class to that shown on the permit (for example, you cannot use a Euro VI permit in a Euro V vehicle, but you can use a Euro V permit in a Euro VI vehicle)

Get an ECMT certificate of compliance for vehicles and trailers

You must carry an

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