Market access – status of Community Licence to operate in the EU or for transit through the EU to a non-EU country

In a 'no-deal' scenario, UK-issued Community Licences will no longer be valid to operate in the EU. Several alternative market-access instruments will come into play in a 'no-deal' scenario (e.g, ECMT permits, EU contingency measure, UK contingency measure).

I am a UK haulier – do I need ECMT permits to operate in the EU?
You will not need ECMT permits unless you perform more than two operations between EU countries (ie, ‘cross trade’) before returning to the UK. If you want to carry out a third cross-trade operation in the EU, you will need ECMT permits. You can buy ECMT short-term permits via your Vehicle Operator Licensing (VOL) account to cover these transport operations in November and December 2019.

Some operations are liberalised in a range of countries and do not require permits at all.

From 1 January 2020:

Arrangements for 2020 are still to be defined. The transitional arrangements that are in place until the end of 2019 may be extended until the end of July 2020, after which new market access instruments will have to be negotiated with the EU and/or EU Member States.

More information is available here.

I am a UK haulier – do I need ECMT permits to go to non-EU countries?
Some non-EU countries may have signed bilateral agreements with the UK removing the need for permits. However, transit through the EU territory to reach a non-EU country does require an ECMT permit. 

More information is available here.


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