What is the 'TIR' System?

    TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers or International Road Transport) is an international customs transit and guarantee system.

    TIR was launched by IRU in 1949, between few of the European countries to facilitate trading after World War II. Since 1954, The TIR system has become recognised for being effective, efficient and secure for the transportation of goods internationally.

    TIR facilitates the movement of goods from country of origin, through transit countries, to a country of destination in sealed compartments that are controlled by customs prior to an approved and recognised system. TIR allows the transport operators and customs authorities to save time and money.

    TIR System Actors

    • United Nations Bodies

      The UN Bodies oversees the application of the TIR Convention. UN TIR bodies composed of the contracting parties consider any proposed amendments, examine national measures for compliance and provide support in the application of the convention.

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      IRU manages the TIR international guarantee chain, distributes TIR guarantees through its member associations, and oversees IT and administration processes. IRU also develops new and innovative resources and services that work with and alongside TIR to facilitate trade and goods transport.

    • Customs

      Customs authorities implement TIR at national level, including border controls, approvals of national TIR operators and vehicles.

    • Mwasalat

      Issue TIR Carnets, guarantee transport operations under TIR, grant access to the TIR System to transport operators in collaboration with national authorities.

    • TIR Carnet Holders

      After being approved by their member association and customs, transport and logistics companies can purchase guarantees and start making TIR transports.

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