On 11 March, Loadstar reported that the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which administers the TIR system says that eTIR will become a reality on 25 May, opening new applications for the TIR system, in particular in the area of intermodal transport. The idea is that all customs authorities involved along a given itinerary (including the destination) will be informed in advance, electronically and in seconds, through the dispatch of so-called advance TIR data by a TIR transporter, about an upcoming TIR declaration. It is said that the adoption of the eTIR could provide relief to hauliers operating between the EU and UK, with the IRU arguing that “accredited TIR hauliers in the EU, UK and beyond can use this tried and proven system to easily complete customs procedures”. A TIR transits involves freight movements under seal and bond, i.e. the lorry must be sealed as well as bearing the carnet. The security payment system is administered by the International Road Transport Union (IRU). The TIR system not only covers customs transit by road but a combination is possible with other modes of transport (e.g., rail, inland waterway, and even maritime transport), as long as at least one part of the total transport is made by road.
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