Transport International Routier (TIR) test for quicker border crossings

The Transport International Routier (TIR) system allows UK customs officials to pack and seal goods before they are transported outside the EU. This means that the load will not need to be opened and inspected by customs officials at border crossings.

Meeting requirements

To meet the TIR requirements your vehicle must pass a test to make sure that:

  • nothing can be put into or taken from the vehicle without it being obvious
  • the goods compartment is built so that it has to be accessed from both inside and outside to be removed and replaced

Vehicles have to be made to the TIR convention standards. Most lorries and trailers made in the UK are not built to the TIR standard and cannot easily be changed to meet the standard. The approval of containers and demountable bodies is undertaken by a separate body.

Booking a vehicle for TIR Test

Fill in an application to book the inspection and pay the fee. You need to fill in a separate application and pay a fee for each vehicle you want to be approved.

The TIR test certificate lasts for two years from the date it’s issued. You then need to book another inspection every two years to keep the vehicle approved. You have to fill in the application form and pay the fee each time.

Fee type Cost
Initial and two-yearly inspection for an individual vehicle approval £140
Re-inspection for an individual vehicle after a failed test  £70

 

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