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In February 2020,, Countries have adopted provisions providing the legal basis for the paperless operation of the United Nations TIR Convention (the so-called eTIR) - the only global customs transit system, facilitating trade and the seamless and secure movement of goods across borders.

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Benefits using eTIR


The benefits from the use of the electronic TIR procedure, the eTIR international system, are multiple for all the stakeholders...


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Is your Customs Authority ready to join the eTIR International system?

Then contact the TIR secretariat to start the interconnection project.


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The eTIR international system brochure explains at a glance the system, the main stakeholders, the main milestones achieved in the last years as well as the benefits for the main actors.

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TIR with an 'e'

Back in 2003, the contracting parties to the TIR Convention launched an “eTIR Project” aimed at providing an exchange platform for all stakeholders involved in the TIR system, known as the “eTIR international system”.

On the 7th of February 2020, the contracting parties to the TIR Convention adopted the legal provisions to allow TIR transports to be operated under the eTIR Procedure which no longer requires the TIR Carnet.


How does eTIR work?

Benefits using eTIR

The eTIR system offers benefits to all actors involved in the TIR system.

First, it brings additional security and risk management opportunities, thus reducing the risk of fraud.

Second, advanced international cooperation will allow all actors to significantly reduce their administrative burden and to maximize the benefits of integrated supply chain management.

Finally, the provision of advance cargo information and the exchange of information in real-time will speed up the TIR procedure.

eTIR Objectives and Advantages

  • More accuracy with goods delivery times
  • Possibility to put goods on the market more quickly and generate
  • Makes TIR more attractive and eases its management
  • No physical stocks of TIR guarantees required reduction of related costs
  • Possibility to log TIR transports in real time further reducing possible risks
  • More flexibility related to work with TIR and possibility to obtain TIR electronic guarantees outside of office working hours
  • Reduced border waiting times
  • Reduced time related to TIR handling
  • No need to go to the association to obtain TIR guarantee
  • No need to fill in TIR guarantee manually
  • Possibility to log TIR transport in real time
  • Reduced administrative burden in the absence of paperwork more time to focus on high risk consignments
  • Enhanced security and reduced risk of fraud identical information available at all customs en route electronically
  • Streamlining TIR procedures at border crossing points Modernised customs procedures
  • Generating more revenues by further trade facilitation

eTIR international system in motion

eTIR international system, turning borders into bridges. 


Posts, Events and News

Welcome to eTIR 'PEN' - you will find all the latest and most relevant information

The first meeting with the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) and the TIR Secretariat
Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) and the TIR Secretariat held the first kick-off meeting to interconnect the Iranian Customs System with the eTIR International System
An informative meeting between the Israel Customs Administration and the TIR Secretariat
The Israel Customs Administration and the TIR Secretariat held an informative meeting concerning the interconnection of the Israel Customs System with the eTIR International System
The UNECE co-operation with the OSCE
UNECE has been a reliable and strong partner of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
A historical Public-Private Partnership in the history of the United Nations
A long lasting public-private partnership, probably the longest in the history of the United Nations, between the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and IRU, the world’s road transport organization as the voice of more than 3.5 million companies operating mobility and logistics services in over 100 countries. IRU is being authorized by the Administrative Committee of the TIR Convention (AC.2) to issue and disseminate the TIR Carnets as well as to operate the international guarantee system.

Did you know?

The TIR system, used by over 34,000 transport and logistics companies in its 77 contracting parties

Documentation, Support and Training

Description of support and training


This document describes the I1 - Accept guarantee request message, and the I2 - Acceptance results response message of the eTIR international system web services.


Did you know?

The TIR system reduces cross-border transport time by up to 80%, and costs by up to 38%.