ECMT Applications Deadline: 20th November 2020

November 11, 2020

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

You might need ECMT permits for journeys to or through the EU from 1 January 2021.

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

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.

To see the most up to date information on this and check if you need to apply for a permit, visit the website for the most up to date and current information available, click here to visit the website.

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 that’s not registered in that country)

*All guidance information provided here is taken from the latest guidance available from – for the most comprehensive and up to date information you should always check the Governments guidance pages and seek out your own legal/regulatory advice.

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