Having regard to globalization and electronization of the TIR System, Turkish Customs Administration maintains working on to achieve these goals.
In this context, the Ministry of Customs and Trade of the Republic of Turkey has put into practice the Customs to Customs (C2C) exchange of data project with Georgia and Customs to Business/Business to Customs (C2B/B2C) exchange of data project with Iran.
Through both projects, the aim is to make customs procedures and international border crossings quick and simple towards paperless cross-border trade.
The e-TIR Pilot Project with the Republic of Iran
The project has 6 stakeholders. It is developed by the UNECE and IRU and conducted by the Turkish and Iranian Customs Administrations.
The signatories of the TOR, thus the stakeholders of the pilot project are: the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), International Road Transport Union (IRU), Ministry of Customs and Trade of Turkey, Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines (ICCIMA).
The first phase of the pilot project covered a period from November 2015 to August 2016, and the second phase covered a period from August 2016 to February 2017.
As the TOR of the pilot project foresees a 1-year implementation, by the end of February 2017, 82 pilot transports in total were carried out with great success.
All of the companies took part in the Project used e-guarantees.
In line with the Terms of Reference, no paper TIR Carnets were used.
Instead, due to legal necessities, “print at home solution” was applied. All through the pilot project, TIR Carnet format was applied as an accompanying document with the exact TIR Carnet layout.
During the second phase of the pilot, more companies and additional customs offices were involved, which allowed multiple loading and unloading.
With the finalization of the project, the actors concluded on the understanding that eTIR transports can continue after the end of phase 2, meaning after 28 February 2017 within the same scope, unless one Party notifies all the Parties of the intention to discontinue.
The e-TIR Pilot Project with Georgian Customs Administration
Turkey and Georgia concluded a Protocol on Data Exchange including the TOR of an eTIR Pilot Project on 26 January 2016, with the occasion of International Customs Day.
Aiming at testing specific features of e-TIR Reference Model, this pilot project will start soon. The data exchange platform on UNECE has already been established and tests to transmit and receive of data via the exchange platform are being conducted.