TIR: Secure global trade and
transport facilitation
RUSI
11 March 2011
Umberto de Pretto
Deputy Secretary General
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TIR and Security
TIR System
an overview
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Transports
Internationaux Routiers
Managed by the
IRU since 1949
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68
Contracting Parties
57
TIR Operational
Countries
2
Contracting Party in
admission process
3
In negotiation
process
8
Interested
Parties
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Road Transport Union (IRU) 2011
What is the TIR System?
 The best multilateral facilitation instrument for
international transport and trade
 Based on TIR Convention of 1975
 Currently signed by 68 contracting parties, with the
possibility to be implemented globally and multimodally (road-rail, road-maritime, road-air)
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Security and Facilitation
Secure Trade
=
Facilitation
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SafeTIR & TIR EPD
Controlled Access
Mutual Recognition
of Customs Controls
TIR Carnet
International Chain
of Guarantee
Secure vehicles
and containers
TIR Convention
International Chain of Guarantee - no deposit of Customs
Mutual
recognition
of-standard
Customs
controls
- reduced
need
for10
TIR
Carnet
-access
single,
internationally
accepted
Controlled
only
bona-fide
associations
and
SafeTIR
traceability
and
Risk
Management
–
Annex
Protection
of
Customs
revenue
-containers
Customs
duties &
guarantees
at borders,
noand
need
for calculation
of taxes
dutiesare
&
IRU
Direct
Involvement
Security
secure
vehicles
physical
examination
of
goods
in
transit
Customs
declaration
document
transporters allowed to access TIR system
guaranteed
(if transit operationPage
is 7not terminated
properly)
taxes in transit
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TIR Secured vehicles and
containers
Controls: at departure and
destination
Secure door to door transport of
goods under Customs seals
Vehicles/containers meeting
security standards for transport
under customs control
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TIR International guarantee chain
As per Art. 6.2 bis of the TIR Convention, IRU is
mandated to organise and ensure the functioning of
the International guarantee chain:
1. 3 million TIR Carnets per year covered financially in
57 countries
2. each TIR Carnet is a financial guarantee for
Customs up to 50’000 USD/60’000 €
3. IRU issue some $1 Billion per day in financial
guarantees to allow the TIR System to function
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TIR Carnet:
Secure Customs document
Unique number
Special paper and special ink –
Hidden security features
Online IT traceability of each
TIR Carnet
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Controlled Access
to TIR procedure
TIR is a privilege, not a right:
Access to TIR is reserved to transport operators meeting strict conditions
and criteria set out in the TIR Convention, Annex 9, Part II:
Sound financial standing
Absence of Customs/fiscal offences
Proven knowledge in the application of the TIR Convention
Proven experience and capability to engage in international transport
Written commitment to comply with Customs formalities and pay
taxes and duties that would become due
!
Continuous Monitoring of
status of Holders of TIR Carnets
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Mutual recognition of
Customs controls
TIR Carnet Holders are authorised on the basis of the same
criteria and recognised in the 57 Operational Countries
TIR transports are subject to Customs and security controls
at departure and are recognised throughout their itinerary
TIR vehicles are customs approved in their country of
registration and recognised in all other Contracting Parties
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IT / TIR Risk Management Tools
Real-Time SafeTIR
SafeTIR Control System for TIR Carnets:
Annex 10 to the TIR Convention since 12 August 2006
Basic information from Customs
CUSTOMS
A
B
C
D
a. TIR Carnet reference number
b. Date and record number in the
customs ledger
c. Name or number of Customs
office of destination
d. Date and reference number of the
termination (if different from b)
e. Partial or Final termination
f. Termination with or without
reservation
g. Page number
h. Other information or documents
(optional)
Associations
CUTE
Customs s/w
ASKTIR
IRU
VPN
Customs
Authorities
CUTE-Wise
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IRU TIR Electronic Pre-Declarations
- TIR
Single Window Concept
- Free-of-charge for TIR
Holders
Remote PC
E TIR
data
- Interface in 15 languages
- operational in 11 Countries:
Customs
Enables:
Validation OK
- Risk Assessment by
Customs authorities
- Acceleration of border
crossing procedures
TIR Customs Declaration
- Security in international trade
Goods Released for Transit
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IRU - UNCTAD
 IRU and UNCTAD signed a M.O.U (27 April 2010)
 ASYCUDA WORLD now incorporates RTS and TIR-EPD
 Successfully deployed in Moldova, more countries to come
ASYCUDA WORLD / TIR
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WCO SAFE and TIR Convention
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WCO – SAFE and AEO requirements can be fully
satisfied by the TIR Convention
The four core elements of WCO SAFE are:
Predeparture
examination
Provision of
Advanced
Cargo
Information
1
2
Mutual
recognition &
Controlled
Access
Electronic
1
Risk
Management
to security and
safety
3
Predeclaration
2
Benefits
For
Trade
4
Risk
Communication
Management
Platform
In TIR
between AEO &
convention
Authorities
(e.g. Annex 10)
3
4
US Chamber of Commerce study confirms TIR
as best instrument to implement
WCO Safe Framework, including AEO Status
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