How a TIR system works?

How TIR works


TIR enables goods to transit from a country of origin to a country of destination in sealed load compartments that are controlled by customs via a multilateral, mutually recognised system.



  • UN

    UNECE (The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) 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.



  • IRU

    As the world road transport organisation, 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 authorities

    Customs authorities implement TIR at national level, including border controls, approvals of national TIR operators and vehicles. They can also contribute to amendments to the TIR Convention.



  • National TIR guaranteeing Associations

    An authorised association in each country issues TIR guarantees to approved transport operators. Associations work with their national customs authority to settle any irregularity arising in their territory.



  • Transport and logistics companies

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



  • TIR training

Thousands of drivers, shippers, transport managers and customs officials use TIR every day. IRU’s training team provides a range of services designed for associations, companies and authorities using TIR.



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