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Detailed guide: ECMT international road haulage permits

Driver Vehicle Standards Agency

November 21
00:00 2020

ECMT permits allow you to transport most types of goods (or drive an empty vehicle) through ECMT member countries.

You need to follow rules about using your ECMT permits, including your drivers carrying the right documents.

Check if you need ECMT permits

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.

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.

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.

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 can no longer apply for ECMT permits for 2021. Applications closed on Friday 20 November 2020.

What happens next

  1. DVSA will start to allocate permits now the application period has ended. They will be allocated based on a set criteria.

  2. Youll get an email telling you if youve been allocated a permit.

  3. You must pay the permit fee within 10 calendar days if youre allocated a permit.

  4. Youll get the permits by first class recorded delivery.

Fees

You have to pay a non-refundable 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.

Youre not allowed to transfer a permit to another business entity, for example, a sister company.

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 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

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