Carnet TIR
A transit procedure



With the Carnet TIR, your can benefit from shortened dispatch time on four continents, which enables a faster transport. Further details of the Carnet TIR, its field of application, but also how Freightfinders can help you with this document, can be found in the following article.


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Carnet TIR – Creating a document with Freightfinders

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What is a Carnet TIR?

The Carnet TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers) is a transit procedure, which is used for road haulage. It simplifies border crossings during road transportation, as there are temporarily no import charges, e.g. import duty. Moreover, this procedure accelerates the transport, as, because of the sealing of the hold, there is no time consuming customs inspection. Hence, it applies mostly to goods, which do not have to be handled. The Carnet TIR is also only applicable for transports within the EU, or between the EU and the EFTA countries. Still, it is possible to carry EU goods, as well as, non-EU goods. At the moment, there 68 countries participating in this transit procedure. The Carnet TIR should be carried at all times during the transport.


What is a TIR procedure?

The Carnet TIR transit procedure is based on five basic requirements, which are designed to minimise interference and offer securities for customs. These requirements are: safe vehicles and holder, international bail, the Carnet TIR, mutual recognition of customs examinations and granted admission.
Beside these five regulations, there are further rules that should be paid attention to. If there are parts of the transport route running through the customs territory of the EU, an electronic data transmission is necessary. If, during the carriage of goods from a third country, the transport is running partly through a third country before the re-entrance into the EU, the holder of the TIR, resp. his/her proxy is responsible for the submission of the Carnet information to every EU customs office of entry.
The vehicles, carrying the goods, have to be marked with sign (TIR). Goods that can only be transported in an open holder, because of their weight, measurements and texture, can be transported without being in bond. This applies also to the transport of animals. Here, a note (extreme weight/voluminous goods) in English or French is sufficient. If the goods do not have the proper documents to prove the EU status of the goods (e.g. T2L), they will automatically have a non-EU status during the transit procedure. Before the Carnet TIR is being issued, the planned transport route has to be set. The TIR document is valid up to 60 days and can be used one time only. After the transport, the Carnet has to be given back to the issuing federation.
In the event of an infringement, a penalty will be inflicted, which can lead to a suspension or permanent exclusion from the TIR transit procedure.


Simplification of the TIR procedure

One can apply for a simplification of the TIR procedure, which is bound to some premises. The applicant has to be a resident in the customs territory of the EU and has to participate regularly in this transit procedure. Beforehand, there must not be any violations of the customs or tax regulations. Also, the monitoring of goods movement has to be accessible. If you have an AEO certificate, these regulations are automatically considered to be fulfilled. The authorisation of the simplification of the Carnet TIR transit procedure is only valid in the member state that has granted this permission.


Carnet TIR Customs Document – Sample

We have created a sample TIR Carnet document for you. In this example, a lorry is travelling from Germany to Ukraine. The cargo mentioned in our TIR Carnet example is a machine weighing 20,000.00 kg. It is therefore a special transport of "heavy and bulky goods". In our TIR Carnet example, the fields which must be completed before departure are filled in. In detail, these are the following points.


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  • Point 1: The competent customs office is entered here, which in our example is the German customs office.
  • Point 5: In which country does the transport start? In our TIR Carnet example it is Germany.
  • Point 6: What is the destination country of the cargo? In the sample, it is Ukraine.
  • Point 7: Here, the truck registration number is needed.
  • Point 10: Enter the number, name and description of the freight here.
  • Item 11: Enter the weight of the cargo in kilograms. In our TIR Carnet customs document it is 20,000.00 kg.
  • Item 12: Which is/are the customs office(s) of destination and how many goods are delivered in each case?
  • Point 13: Put your signature, the place and the date here and, if possible, the company stamp.

The rest is either filled in by the customs office of departure, which is why our TIR Carnet customs document only contains the holder's details.