A. General Information

1. Title

eTir International System for contracting parties to the TIR convention

2. Status of the project
3. Implementation period of the project/service:
5. Geographical coverage
6. Participating agencies/entities of the project/service:
a. Development stage
Lead agencies/entities
Contracting parties to the TIR Convention. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) administers the TIR convention.
Other participating agencies/entities
Customs administrations (Iran and Turkey) Custom offices Associations –ICCIMA (Iran), TOBB(Turkey) Transport companies
b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities (op)
Customs administrations (Iran and Turkey) Custom offices Associations –ICCIMA (Iran), TOBB(Turkey) Transport companies
Other participating agencies/entities (op)
7. Main stakeholders/beneficiaries of the project
TIR Associations
8. Business process category of the project
Regulatory/official control

B. Lessons Learned

9. Summary description of the project/service
a. Objective(s)

eTir project aimed at providing an exchange platform for all actors (Customs authorities, holders and guarantee chain) involved in the TIR system. eTir international system aims to ensure a secure exchange of data between customs systems related to the international transit of goods, vehicles, and containers according to provisions of the TIR Convention.

The eTIR replaces the paper TIR Carnet, which traditionally serves as a Customs declaration, and accompanies the driver and cargo along the itinerary. Ensuring that Customs officers receive cargo information electronically before the cargo arrives, the eTIR makes international freight transport faster, more efficient, and more secure, contributing to increasing trade and boosting economic growth.

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b. Business need for the project (background)

The need of the project comes from the challenges deriving from the cross-border trade complexities as a result of paper based transactions.

c. Business process covered*

Electronic exchange of TIR data

d. Overall architecture and functionalities*


e. Relevant document/figure
10. Documents and data exchanged via the project

Guarantee information

Transit declaration

11. Data models/databases, proprietary solutions, hybrid approaches
12. Main challenges faced during the project

Drafting legal basis, Annex and reaching consensus.

13. Lessons learned from the project
14. Main benefit(s) of the project
Enhanced regulatory compliance*
Transaction Cost savings*
Simplified process
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained

Reduced administrative burden thanks to less paperwork
Enhanced security and reduced risk of fraud – identical information available at all customs offices en route electronically
Streamlining TIR procedures at border crossing points
Straightforward to implement and customize to differing national IT systems

15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance

IRU provided assistance. In 2015 MOU was signed between UNECE, IRU and the Governments of Turkey and Islamic Republic of Iran in order to initiate pilot projects.

16. Future plan for expansion of the project

Customs Authorities of Ukraine and Turkey confirmed their intention to jointly participate in the eTIR pilot for intermodal transport between the countries.

Other countries that expressed their interest in participating in the eTIR pilot include: Moldova, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan

17. Other information or relevant references on the project


18. Relevant document regarding the project

C. Relevant Standards

20. Electronic message standard
20A. Electronic message standard supporting the project
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20B. Type of standard for electronic message applied for the project
International standard
Technical recommendations from international body(ies)
21. Technical communication standard
21A. Technical communication standard supporting the project
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21B. Type of technical communication standard applied for the project
International standard
Industry-specific standard
22. Security-related standards*
22A. Security-related standard supporting the project
22B. Type of security-related standard applied for the project
23. Other Technical Information
23A. Interface developed for data exchange with an internal system
23B. Other technical implementation information
WCO Data model
• WCO Data elements
• Core Components
• Code lists: UNECE, ISO,..