TIR Carnet is an international customs document that allows speeding up border crossing for goods transiting by road. The initials TIR stand for "Transports Internationaux Routiers".
The Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon is in charge of issuing and guaranteeing TIR Carnets in Lebanon since year 2000.
The International Road Transport Union (IRU) in Geneva has been administrating the TIR Convention since 1953 which includes 68 contracting parties, mostly in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. It is based on the following five principles:
Secure vehicles or containers: Goods should be transported in secure vehicles or containers;
International Chain of Guarantee: Duties and taxes "at risk" during the journey should be covered by an internationally valid guarantee;
TIR Carnet: Goods should be accompanied by the TIR carnet taken into charge in the country of departure serving as a control document in the countries of departure, transit, and destination.
Mutual recognition of customs controls: Customs control measures taken in the country of departure should be accepted by the countries of transit and destination.
Controlled access: Access to the TIR system for national issuing and guaranteeing associations is given by the competent national authorities, and for transport operators, by the national customs authorities and the national association.
TIR allows the goods forming the subject of the transaction between private entities to be put into tax-free circulation between two or more countries.
TIR offers the transport operator the possibility of putting the load under customs control within the country of departure and enables him to cross the various frontiers with extremely rapid customs controls (saving time and money).
TIR offers the guarantee that, if the goods "disappear" on their territory, they can recover from the chain of guarantee the total amount of the Customs duties up to a maximum of US $ 50,000 per TIR Carnet.
TIR CARNET FEES: $75 (Carnet 4 volets)
TIR CARNET FEES: $150 (Carnet 14 volets)