Qatar Chamber has called on companies in the transport sector wishing to join the global customs transit system for moving goods across international borders to submit their documents in order to be included in the list of companies authorised to use this system for export and import operations.
Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani said that the International Road Transports (TIR) system is an international system of transport and customs guarantee that is globally applicable.
It allows the transportation of goods from the country of origin through transit countries to the country of destination in sealed containers subject to customs control through a mutually recognised multilateral system.
It is also considered the easiest, safest and most reliable means of transporting goods across multiple international borders, thus saving time and money for transport operators and customs authorities.
Sheikh Khalifa indicated that the chamber requires that a company wishing to use this system should have at least three years' experience in the international land transport, pointing out that the chamber is the guarantor of customs duties.
The chairman said in a press statement that Qatar Chamber joined the World Organisation of Land Transport late last year and became the guarantor of the national version of TIR system for international land transport in Qatar in coordination with the General Authority of Customs.
He also indicated that the chamber would select companies that meet the conditions for using this system.
Sheikh Khalifa said the TIR system is working to mainstream border procedures to reduce the administrative burden on customs authorities as well as on transport and logistics companies.
It also aims to significantly reduce waiting time on border in order to save money and time.
TIR authorised carriers can quickly transport goods through multiple customs zones under customs control using a single guarantee, where operators are required to submit their permit information only once at border crossing.
With more than 70 contracting countries worldwide, TIR system is rapidly expanding, where more than 20 countries are looking forward to joining it in the coming years.
More than 34,000 transport and logistics companies rely on TIR system to deliver goods quickly and reliably across the international borders.
TIR system is globally applicable, using one international guarantee to eliminate the need for costly guarantees in each transit country. TIR system is also easy to implement, where all legal and procedural frameworks, capacity building and information technologies are available. It can be easily applied in new countries without a need for costly investments.
TIR seamlessly integrates with existing customs software systems, which makes it easy for new member countries to adopt it.