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Electronic TIR to come into force on 25 May

[ March 11, 2021   //   ]

Legal provisions for the complete digitalization of the  TIR Convention global customs transit system, will enter into force on 25 May, says the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The new system, eTIR will thus become a reality, opening up new applications, in particular intermodal transport, says UNECE.
It adds that 48 out of 76 contracting parties have already expressed interest in initiating discussions or projects on connecting their national customs systems with the eTIR international system, including the EU and countries in central Asia and eastern Europe, plus India, Iran, Pakistan, Qatar, Turkey and Tunisia.
The EU is also in the process of finalising a proof of concept to connect its New Computerized Transit System (NCTS) with eTIR and the Russian Federation will also start working on a proof of concept for the five member states of the Eurasian Economic Union.
The TIR system, used by over 34,000 companies already reduces cross-border transport time by up to 80%, and costs by up to 38%, explains UNECE, adding that eTIR will make the system more efficient, since all customs authorities involved will be informed in advance, electronically and in a matter of seconds, through the dispatch of advance TIR data by transporters about upcoming declarations.
Furthermore, as countries recover from the COVID 19 pandemic, the implementation of eTIR will ensure that borders will remain open without spreading the virus, by keeping drivers and customs officers safe through contactless border crossing.

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