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Tehran, September 2, 2014 IRU, ICCIMA and IRICA hold an International Workshop on Transport Facilitation, Customs Procedures and the TIR System

IRU, the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) and the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA), in collaboration with representatives from the public and private sectors of Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates, co-organised an international workshop to brief key stakeholders from the region on the benefits of using key global UN trade facilitation instruments, such as the TIR Convention, to boost national economies and achieve regional integration through facilitated trade by road transport, as well as intermodal transport.

All 120 participants from the public and private sector agreed that the TIR workshop offered an excellent platform where all major stakeholders could openly discuss the major benefits offered by the TIR System, including the development of intermodal transport in the region.

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In the centre: IRU Head of TIR Carnet Management, Raphaël Hirt, President of IRICA, H.E. Dr Masoud Karbasian, President of ICCIMA, H.E. Mr Gholamhossein Shafie

Ashgabat, August 22, 2014 IRU meets with First Deputy Prime Minister of Turkmenistan
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An IRU delegation, headed by the Head of the IRU Permanent Delegation to Eurasia, Dmitry Cheltsov, met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkmenistan, H.E. Rashid Meredov, to discuss preparations for the upcoming High-level International Conference on “The role of transport and transit corridors in ensuring international cooperation, stability and sustainable development”, organised by the Government of Turkmenistan in partnership with the UNECE, UNESCAP, OSCE and IRU, from 3-4 September 2014 in Ashgabat.

Both parties expressed confidence that the spirit of “transport diplomacy” at the Conference will become a catalyst for further economic growth and prosperity of participating countries through the accelerated modernisation of road transport infrastructure and transit corridors.

H.E. Rashid Meredov expressed his deep appreciation of IRU efforts to facilitate trade and international road transport, confirmed by Turkmenistan’s involvement in the IRU Model Highway Initiative (MHI) in the South Caucasus and Central Asian region, and his support for IRU efforts to implement the MHI on the newly constructed Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi - Turkmenabad highway.


Pakistan, August 22, 2014 IRU and ECO hold TIR workshops in Pakistan
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Three TIR awareness workshops were co-organised by the IRU and the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), in collaboration with the National Trade and Transport Facilitation Committee of the Ministry of Commerce of Pakistan in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to brief all key stakeholders on accession of Pakistan to the TIR Convention, which is strongly supported by all government agencies and the private sector.  The Pakistani national Association, PNC-ICC, played an active role in these events, having continuously promoted the TIR System in Pakistan since becoming an IRU Member in 2005.

According to the latest news from both the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Communication, the decision on the accession of Pakistan to the TIR Convention has been approved by the relevant decision-making authorities and is now to be finally endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers.

The workshops were attended by high-level government officials, leading actors within the Pakistani transport industry, representatives of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the Afghanistan Customs Department and USAID as well as PNC-ICC. All participants agreed that the TIR workshops offered an excellent platform where all major stakeholders could openly discuss the major benefits offered by the TIR System.


Geneva, August 18, 2014 IRU meets new UNECE Executive Secretary
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  IRU Secretary General, Mr Umberto de Pretto, today met with the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, H.E. Mr Christian Friis Bach.

Mr Bach stressed the importance of the long-standing public-private partnership between IRU and UNECE and discussed global trade and transport challenges and how the tried and tested UN facilitation instruments, such as the TIR Convention, can meet the two organisations’ common economic, social and environmental goals.

Brussels, July 16, 2014 IRU calls on EC, Member States and Enforcement community to deal with worrying national protectionist measures on EU road transport market
  IRU calls on European Commission, Member States and Enforcement community to discuss and urgently deal with recent national protectionist measures concerning social legislation in road transport, notably disproportionate fines for regular weekly rest time in vehicle cabins.

Brussels, July 15, 2014 IRU discusses future EU Transport policy with new DG MOVE Director General
 

IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto, and IRU General Delegate to the EU, Michael Nielsen, today met with the newly appointed Director General of DG MOVE, João Aguiar Machado, to exchange views on facilitating trade, tourism, mobility and the future of EU Transport policy. In this regard, the IRU notably presented its new Manifesto ”Time to step up a gear for sustainable development in EU Road Transport.”

Both parties agreed to strengthen cooperation even further in order to move away from current narrow, mode-specific thinking, and work on future innovations in the entire transport system, including in road transport, to drive the EU’s sustainable trade, growth and competitiveness goals.


Beijing, July 13, 2014 IRU highlights TIR benefits for China and new Silk Road economic belt
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In the context of a Bingtuan TV programme entitled “Great Vision on the Silk Road”, IRU Senior Advisor to China and South East Asia, Pengcheng Qu, showcased the benefits of the TIR System for facilitating and securing trade via road transport, notably the potential for developing road transport between China, landlocked countries along the new Silk Road economic belt and the EU. He highlighted that TIR – a tried and tested UN-backed facilitation instrument – effectively drives trade by connecting all businesses to all global markets and by reducing waiting times at borders, which saves time and money for traders and transport operators.


Geneva, July 1, 2014 IRU signs MoU with Turkmenistan on creation of a Model Highway in Central Asia and Caspian region
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IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with H.E. Esen Aydogdyev, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the UN Office in Geneva, on the creation of a Model Highway in Central Asia and the Caspian region.  They notably exchanged views and agreed on next steps to prepare for the upcoming High-level International Conference on “The role of transport and transit corridors”, organised by the Government of Turkmenistan in partnership with the UNECE, UNESCAP and IRU, and scheduled to take place from 3 to 4 September in Ashgabat.


Geneva, July 1, 2014 UN TIR Executive Board calls for full reinstatement of TIR in Russia
 

The United Nations TIR Executive Board (TIRExB), in the framework of its 59th session on 30 June and 1 July, today called on the Russian government to lift current TIR restrictions and fully reinstate the TIR System on the whole territory of the Russian Federation without further delay. The TIRExB made this appeal following news of a last minute decision from the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (FCS RF) to extend its guarantee agreement for the Russian TIR guaranteeing association, ASMAP, until 30 November 2014. 

According to the TIRExB, it has taken note of the FCS RF’s decision. The Board however does regret that the FCS RF continues to implement measures that directly contradict the provisions of the TIR Convention and which have serious consequences for international road transport and trade as a whole.


Geneva, June 30, 2014 TIR System to continue in Russia until 30 November 2014
 

The Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (FCS RF) today officially notified the Russian TIR guaranteeing association, ASMAP, about the extension of its agreement until 30 November 2014.

However, considering this very late announcement from the FCS RF and the lack of available details, practical problems are still likely to take place at border-crossing points in Russia over the next few days.

This notification follows  a high-level governmental meeting that took place in Russia last week, where officials from the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (FCS RF) and other competent Russian authorities, under the chairmanship of the First Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Shuvalov, sought a solution to the current TIR situation in Russia, notably concerning the prolongation of the TIR guarantee agreement’s validity – set to expire on 1 July 2014, as well as in relation to the reinstatement of the TIR System on Russian territory, in line with the latest decision of the Russian Supreme Arbitration Court dated 26 May 2014.

The IRU will provide further information as soon as it is officially available, and will keep working in close cooperation with Russian Customs and authorities to find a solution suitable to all parties.


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