The deadline to apply for a
European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permit has now been
extended until 11.59 pm on 18 January 2019.
ECMT permits will allow you to continue operating in the EU after March 2019
in the event of ‘no deal’.
The duty of a responsible government is to continue to prepare for a range of
potential outcomes including a no deal scenario.
Short-term (monthly) permits
You will no longer be able to apply for a short-term permit (valid for 30
days). If you are unsuccessful in applying for an annual permit you'll be
automatically considered for a short-term permit.
We’ll publish more information on short-term permits in early 2019.
European Commission proposals for continued road freight access
On 19 December 2018, the European Commission proposed steps to ensure that UK
hauliers can continue carrying goods into the EU for a limited period after
exiting in the event of no deal.
Until the detail of these proposals is agreed and adopted by the European
Parliament and Council, businesses should continue with their contingency
An ECMT permit will provide
continued access to EU markets whatever the outcome of negotiations.
Department for Transport's response to the proposals
Apply for a permit
Annual and short-term permits will be allocated for 2019 after the
application period has ended at 11.59pm on 18 January 2019. They won’t
be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Find out more information and how to apply for an
ECMT permit, go to