As part of planned changes to UK customs processes after leaving the EU, the government considered the implementation of Transit Security Accompanying Documents (TSADs) which combine the functions of a Transit Accompanying Document (TAD) and a Safety & Security declaration.
At the moment, TSADs cannot be used to meet UK Safety & Security requirements for goods imported and exported from either GB or NI.
According to a HM Revenue and Customs statement, the department has spoken with a wide range of stakeholders, including the haulier and carrier community.
“We understand the ability to use TSADs to meet Safety and Security requirements, would be beneficial to industry, particularly if they are able to use TSADs to meet the Safety and Security requirements for importing goods into the recipient country,” the statement reads.
“However, at this time, very few EU Member States or other CTC members accept TSADs for outbound movements, and even fewer accept them for inbound movements.
“Therefore, until other EU member states and CTC members also implement these changes, there would be little benefit to industry for the UK to implement TSADs to meet Safety and Security requirements.”
Transit users can continue to upload TSAD information onto NCTS.
“Although this will not meet the transit user’s Safety and Security declaration requirements in the UK, the facility will remain available for those cases where the user may be able to use this information to meet Safety and Security declaration requirements in other territories,” the statement reads.
The UK will continue to work with the CTC to promote and encourage a consistent approach across all member countries, with a view to implementing TSADs for use to meet Safety and Security requirements in the UK in the future if it becomes adopted in more countries.