About eTIR

eTIR: taking TIR online

  • Taking TIR into the future means transitioning to an electronic, paperless system: eTIR.

Since 1949, the TIR System has been one of the road transport industry’s most successful innovations – making customs procedures and international border crossings quick and simple. The eTIR initiative is taking this innovation into the 21st century.

Quicker, simpler, safer – the plan for going paperless. A move to eTIR would give real-time data availability, online monitoring, improved reliability and flexible guarantees.

Watch a video about the Turkey-Iran eTIR pilot project:

Putting theory into practice – the Turkey-Iran eTIR pilot project

IRU is working on an eTIR pilot project in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. The Turkish and the Iranian governments have tested the eTIR System along one transport corridor, crossing the border from Turkey to Iran and involving four customs offices. Today, having successfully demonstrated 100% reliability, these procedures are being extended to further customs offices and transport operators.

The pilot shows how the system offers tools to rely exclusively on electronic messages from all communications between IRU, transport operators and customs officers. As soon as details of the cargo are uploaded, customs can exchange data on declarations. This enables accurate risk management and the parties involved can monitor the transit with updates, notifications, tracking, controls and instant messaging. The risk of fraud is decreased and the administrative burden minimised. TIR procedures are accelerated and advance cargo information is available.