International transport – what permits should you have?

Date added: 25.06.2019


International transport, in order to be well organized and reach the destination on time, must be properly planned. When planning international transport, the forwarder arranges all transport permits. In Poland, the authority that is responsible for issuing official permits is the International Transport Office, belonging to the Main Inspectorate of Road Traffic. The Chief Inspectorate of Road Traffic monitors and controls entities that carry out transport orders.

Types of permits

The Office for International Transport issued a statement on the four types of permits for international transport available in 2019.

The first is a bilateral permit (loco), which entitles the carrier to carry a given cargo in one direction and the other, between Poland and the destination country that issues the permit.

The second permit is the Transit License, which authorizes the carriage of a given cargo back and forth between Poland and the country issuing the permit. However, the transit permit does not give the right to be loaded and / or unloaded in the country of transit.

The third type of international transport permit is the General License, which gives the carrier the right to perform transit or two-way transport.

The fourth and last type is the Kr-3 License, which entitles you to load or unload, export and import it to a country other than the country of registration of the vehicle.

None of the aforementioned permits gives the carrier the right to perform oversized and cabotage transport.

The entrepreneur, the carrier who submits the application for the permit to transport must have a valid license or road transport certificate.

Rights of the carrier

Entrepreneurs may also apply for the EKMT permit, which entitles them to perform an unlimited number of courses between member countries in a given year, their course must be documented in the EKMT certificate. The EKMT ticket is used to record information on transport operations at every stage of the order’s execution. The information must be documented in chronological order. All entries from the EKMT carnet may be made available to third parties only in the case of authorization checks.