World Customs Organization in a report published in the latest issue of its official journal praised the successful implementation of eTIR in Iran.
The new eTIR system is based on the rapid exchange of digital information between transport companies, customs authorities, organizations which guarantee TIR system and the United Nations.
Currently 69 countries are members of the TIR Convention and many others in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and America have announced their interest to join the Convention in the near future.
Currently, a pilot project has been launched between Iran and Turkey and eTIR is expected to be used more in the coming years, leading in the reduction of international transit costs and increase of security.
This pilot project has officially started in October 2015 with the leadership of Iran and Turkey's customs authorities in collaboration with the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
In November and December 2015, when all stakeholders' IT systems were tested, the pilot eTIR was conducted successfully between Tehran and Izmir.
The pilot transport was performed through Bazargan and Gvrblagh border posts (border of Iran and Turkey) with the exchange of digital information. The second phase of the pilot project will be launched in February 2016, involving more customs offices and transport companies.
E-TIR is in full compliance with the WCO Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Trade (SAFE) and based on The WCO Data Model.
The pilot project between Iran and Turkey is an important step for the development of fully automated global eTIR.