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Legal framework in force for eTIR

[ May 25, 2021   //   ]

The legal framework for the full digitalisation of the TIR system has entered into force, opening eTIR to 77 countries across five continents.

It will allow for completely paperless cross-border transit of goods, under the customs guarantee of the TIR system.

The occasion was marked by a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva.

Olga Algayerova, executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), said that eTIR “will allow paperless and contactless border crossing operations. We have seen how crucial that is during the COVID-19 pandemic. By keeping drivers and customs officers safe, eTIR can be a game changer in ensuring borders can remain open under such emergency situations.”

IRU secretary general, Umberto de Pretto, added that it would also bring considerable benefits for customs authorities, particularly with Covid-19 continuing to restrict physical contact between customs officers and drivers at borders.

Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran,  Moldova, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey and Uzbekistan are in the process of interconnecting their customs information systems with the eTIR international system.

The European Union is also finalising a proof of concept to interconnect its New Computerized Transit System (NCTS) with the eTIR international system.