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Reference Model

Just as it is not possible to build a decent and secure house without a proper plan, which has been drawn up by a qualified architect, it is not possible to computerize a system without first designing the necessary models, outlining all the elements and procedures of which it consists. And just as the construction of a small garden shed does not require the same planning as the construction of a hundred storey high commercial building, different systems will require different modelling techniques, in function of their aim and complexity.

The reference Model will contains the full description of the TIR Procedure Computerization Project.

The business process modelling methodology applied to draw up this document is based on the UN/CEFACT Modelling Methodology (UMM). UMM in its turn is based on the Unified Modelling Language (UML) from the Object Management Group (OMG) and is derived from the Rational Unified Process (RUP) developed by Rational Corporation. As such, UMM provides a procedure for specifying/modelling business processes in a protocol-neutral, implementation-independent way.

Business Modelling provides a formalized way to describe how the TIR procedure operates and thus enables a common understanding of its key features and requirements. It can be used as a tool to provide a range of e-business solutions covering all or part of the TIR procedure and based on a variety of technologies. The models also facilitate the detection of opportunities for simplification and harmonization.

This document is first intended to facilitate the work of the Informal ad hoc Expert Group on Conceptual and Technical Aspects of Computerization of the TIR Procedure and to provide modelling support. The final version of the Reference Model will be submitted to the Working Party on Customs Questions affecting Transport (WP.30) and the Administrative Committee for the TIR Convention (AC.2) for endorsement as well as being a reference for any future work in the eTIR Project. In addition, every single chapter of the Reference Model will, upon completion, be submitted for endorsement to the WP.30.

The table below presents the revisions and the validation dates for the various parts and versions of the reference model.

  Version Validated by … on … 1
COMP/GE.1 2 WP.30 3 AC.2 4
1. BUSINESS DOMAIN MODELLING 1.5a 27/5/2005 31/5/2006  
  1.6a 29/1/2007 13/6/2007  
2.0a 12/6/2007 26/9/2007 27/9/2007
  3.0a 10/3/2011    
4.0a 21/11/2013  
4.1a 26/9/2014 12/6/2016  
   1.1 Vision 1.2 2/3/2004    
  1.5a 27/5/2005    
   1.2 TIR procedure domain 1.2 2/3/2004    
  1.4a 27/10/2004    
   1.3 TIR Carnet life cycle use cases 1.2 2/3/2004    
  1.4a 27/10/2004    
   1.4 Elaborate the use cases 1.4a 27/10/2004    
   1.5 Entity classes 1.0 2/9/2003    
  1.4a 27/10/2004    
   1.6 High-level class diagram 1.4a 27/10/2004    
2. e-Business requirements 2.0a 12/6/2007 26/9/2007 27/9/2007
2.1a 11/4/2008
  3.0a 10/3/2011    
4.0a 21/11/2013
4.1a 26/9/2014 12/6/2016  
3. Analysis workflow 3.0a 10/3/2011    
4.0a 21/11/2013
4.1a 26/9/2014 12/6/2016  
4. Design workflow  4.0a  21/11/2013    
4.1a 26/9/2014 12/6/2016  

The latest version of the eTIR Reference Models is Version 4.1a (EN/ FR/ RU).


1 This table contains the dates on which the various versions of parts of the reference model have been validated (endorsed) by the different groups. The cells in grey indicate that endorsement by that specific group is not required or did not take place.
2 Informal ad hoc Expert Group on Conceptual and Technical Aspects of Computerization of the TIR Procedure.
3 WP.30 supported document version 4.1a of the eTIR Reference Model as a basis for future work of GE.2 as well as for pilot projects. At the same time WP.30 recalled that the eTIR Reference Model is not “carved in stone”.
4 Administrative Committee for the TIR Convention, 1975.