The TIR procedure (Transports Internationaux Routiers procedure) facilitates the international transport of goods by road vehicles. The freight compartments of the vehicles are sealed by customs when the procedure is opened. This means that no opening is possible en route without this being noticed during an inspection. By using this simplified transit procedure, the administrative burden of passing through a national border is minimised, as goods are only checked in the country of departure and destination. If you wish to receive goods which are transported under the TIR procedure, you must apply for "authorised consignee TIR" status. If you have the status "authorised consignee-TIR", you can receive goods under the TIR procedure at an authorised place and you have to exchange data with your competent customs office. Once the goods have been received and the formalities have been completed, the TIR procedure ends. The authorisation will specify the specific places to which your authorisation as "authorised consignee TIR" relates.