Trucking is the leading logistics solution within Europe. Although the popularity of rail freight is rapidly growing in some places – such as the Baltic States and Poland – 76% of European cargo deliveries are made by road transport.
The popularity of auto deliveries is explained by a well developed coverage network, flexibility in route planning, efficiency of transport, as well as competitive rates for the delivery of both groupage and full cotainer loads. Goods imported in large consignments by sea from outside the European Union are loaded onto vehicles for “last mile” delivery to the recipient's door.
When importing goods into the European Union from third countries, transit and accompanying documentation is required, such as the commonly encountered TIR Carnet (Carnet TIR) and the T1 transit declaration. The T1 declaration provides a customs and financial guarantee for goods being transported to an EU customs warehouse after crossing an EU border.
According to Gintaras Borkis, Head of the Customs Department at AsstrA Vilnius, customers and transport companies have been increasingly using T1 transit declaration over the past 7-10 years. “A T1 goes into effect at the first customs point when crossing the EU border and completes its purpose when the goods arrive at the destination warehouse. The transit declaration provides a guarantee for the payment of duties. The T1 approach is most often chosen because of convenience and efficiency of registration. The transit declaration is filled out on the basis of the CMR and the invoice."
The team at AsstrA’s Lithuanian customs office cooperates with reliable brokers which can help clients prepare T1 declarations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
“The choice of an experienced customs agent is an important step towards guaranteeing the safety of a customer's goods being imported into the European Union. In case of an incomplete or inaccurate T1 transit declaration, customs authorities have the right to demand additional documents, refuse to register the goods, or in rare cases take legal measures,” says Gintaras Borkis. “Our customers usually work with us to not only to ensure that their documentation is properly filled out but also to make sure their goods are safely delivered. High-value goods, such as excise goods, are delivered from the border point to the destination warehouse under escort. The AsstrA team remains in touch with the escorts around the clock and shares the latest information on the cargo status with partners."
A T1 transit declaration contains key information about the cargo and its transportation, such as:
- country of production;
- final point of delivery;
- information about contractors, carrier, vehicle;
- the number of units of goods and their parameters;
- customs price for products;
- accompanying documents.
AsstrA corporate group experts draw up T1 declarations in accordance with the norms of the customs law of the European Union for the prompt passage of border control and timely delivery of goods to destination warehouse.