THE LEGAL provisions for the complete digitalisation 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, will enter into force on 25 May 2021.
eTIR will thus become a reality, opening new applications for the TIR system, in particular in the area of intermodal transport.
Umberto de Pretto, IRU secretary general said, “The TIR system, used by over 34,000 transport and logistic companies already reduces cross-border transport time by up to 80%, and costs by up to 38%. eTIR will secure the TIR system for the benefit of all customs administrations and transporters using it.
“In addition, it will make the TIR system more competitive and efficient, since all customs authorities involved will be informed in advance, electronically and in a matter of seconds, through the dispatch of so-called advance TIR data by a TIR transporter, about an upcoming TIR declaration.”