Last update 04.09.2023
The activity of international carriers of goods by road with vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes entails the carriage of goods by road with vehicles (trucks, tractor units or coupled vehicles) whose maximum allowable weight exceeds 3.5 tonnes.
A business permit is required to work as an international carrier of goods by road with vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes.
Transport operators who plan to undertake the carriage of goods in all the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) and in Switzerland must apply for a Community licence (after having obtained the business permit).
The international carrier of goods by road with vehicles (trucks, tractor units or coupled vehicles) whose maximum allowable weight exceeds 3.5 tonnes.
This business permit is valid for both the international and national transport of goods by road.
The 'Transport international de marchandises par route avec des véhicules de plus de 3,5 tonnes' (international carriage of goods by road with vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes) business permit is not required for the national transport of goods for exclusively non-commercial purposes or as a supplementary activity.
Compliance with the conditions for access to the profession is verified by the General Directorate for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises at the time the application for a business permit is submitted.
Natural persons who wish to operate as an international carrier of goods by road with vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes, in their own name in the context of a sole proprietorship, must meet the legal conditions of professional integrity.
A company carrying out the activity of international carriage of goods by road with vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes must appoint at least one natural person, the manager, who must:
The business permit is issued to the company (either to the manager operating in their own name, or to the company they run) if the manager meets the legal conditions of professional integrity.
The information page 'Applying for a business permit' contains all the information relating to this procedure.
The company or sole proprietorship must have a fixed place of business in Luxembourg (no 'letter-box' companies).
In order to provide proof of the qualifications and guarantees required to access the profession of international carrier of goods by road with vehicles of over3.5 tonnes, the manager must take training courses at the House of Training and successfully pass the final exam.
This training course is reserved for Luxembourg residents and persons with a link to Luxembourg. International candidates (non-residents) must take the training in their country of residence.
The business manager will receive a certificate in the event of successful completion of the exam.
Candidates can be granted an exemption from the training course if they:
Note that the exemption only applies to the training course and not to the exam which must be passed in any case.
The certificate of professional experience can be issued by a foreign authority designated to this purpose by a Member State of the European Union.
The candidate must have the necessary financial resources to correctly start up and ensure the proper management of the transport activity.
International carriers of goods by road with vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes must provide a guarantee issued by an authorised banking or other financial establishment.
The amount of the guarantee is EUR 9,000 for the first commercial transport vehicle and EUR 5,000 for each additional vehicle.
Transport operators who only provide national transport services are exempt from having to provide such a guarantee.
After obtaining a business permit, the operator of a sole proprietorship must:
After obtaining a business permit, the manager of a:
Please note: the manager of a simplified limited liability company must also file the draft articles of association of the company with the Trade and Companies Register. There is, however, no need to incorporate the company in the presence of a notary. A private deed will suffice.
Each professional must comply with the following throughout their existence:
Professionals without a business permit run the risk of criminal sanctions (imprisonment and fines) and the temporary closure of the establishment.
Business permit application (including the declaration of honour)
Demande d'autorisation d'établissement (y inclus la déclaration sur l'honneur)
Antrag auf Niederlassungsgenehmigung (einschließlich der eidesstattlichen Erklärung)
Application for an extract from the police records for a natural person - online service
Demande d'extrait de casier judiciaire pour personne physique - service en ligne
Beantragung eines Auszugs aus dem Strafregister für natürliche Personen - Online-Vorgang