Carnet TIR - TIR procedure

TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers)

The TIR procedure offers the possibility of transporting goods on which duty has not been paid across several countries with a simplified customs procedure. For Switzerland the procedure is mostly used with Eastern European countries that are not in the EU (e.g. Russia and Ukraine) and Turkey. It can only be used for merchandise transported by road. The internationally harmonised customs document pertaining thereto is referred to as the TIR carnet.

In principle, TIR transit must always be carried out in bond, i.e. the lorry must be sealed.


If you wish to make use of the TIR procedure you must first obtain a TIR carnet. This customs document is valid internationally and among other things represents a financial guarantee for the payment of the suspended duties and taxes. The security payment system is administered by the International Road Transport Union (IRU). Should you have any questions regarding the security payment system, please contact the IRU.

Swiss TIR carnets are issued by ASTAG (Swiss road transport association). For further information go to the following link: ASTAG International.

Our opening hours and addresses

Please note the customs office opening hours for the declaration (customs clearance) of merchandise. Declarations can be made from Monday to Friday during clearance hours; some customs offices are also open on Saturday mornings.

The detailed opening hours are available in the list of customs offices.

Foreign customs administrations

We are not able to provide you with any information on foreign regulations. Please direct your query to the foreign customs authority.