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Moscow, May 26, 2014 Russia's Supreme Arbitration Court once again re-confirms illegality of FCS RF’s latest TIR restrictions
 

The Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation rendered a decision today (case number VAS-4111/2014) recognising once again that the latest TIR restrictions introduced by the Russian Federal Customs Service (FCS RF) are illegal. The court specifically underlines that FCS RF measures are contrary to the provisions of the Customs Union and Russian national Customs legislation. This marks the third decision taken by the highest Russian judicial authority against the FCS RF, since 4 July 2013, and follows two previous decisions taken on 14 October 2013 (case number VAS-11682/2013) and 26 February 2014 (case number VAS-17458/2013PDF document).

Furthermore, this judgment comes at a very important moment as the highest decision-making body of the TIR Convention (AC.2), and the IRU Presidential Executive, prepare to meet in June to discuss the next steps concerning TIR in Russia.


Moscow, May 23, 2014 IRU and CTC RTC create Smart Move Working Group in CIS region to double use of collective passenger transport

The Coordination Transport Conference Road Transport Council (CTC RTC) gave its support today for the creation of a Smart Move Working Group in the CIS region, at a round table organised by the IRU and Eurasian Economic Commission on the “Facilitation of national and international bus and coach transport to achieve affordable and sustainable mobility”. Discussions on the development of national and international bus and coach transport, coach tourism and taxi services triggered the idea of creating the Working Group to support the global Smart Move campaign aimed at doubling the use of collective passenger transport.

The Working Group will also study and disseminate best international practices related to the harmonisation of road transport legislation and professional training to further improve road safety.

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From left to right: Former IRU General Delegate to Eurasia, Dmitry Larionov, IRU Head of Passenger Transport, Oleg Kamberski, Deputy Head of Transport Control Department, EEC, Mikhail Rotov.

Leipzig, May 23, 2014 Updated ECMT Multilateral Quota User Guide published
  The updated 2014 ECMT Multilateral Quota User Guide has been jointly released by the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the International Transport Forum at the OECD. The guide lists all documents required on board a vehicle performing transport operations under an ECMT multilateral licence.

Brussels, May 22, 2014 IRU welcomes new EC CO2 strategy provided it guarantees fuel and efficiency savings in transport operations
 

The IRU welcomes the European Commission (EC) strategy to reduce CO2 emissions from heavy goods vehicles that will introduce a new harmonised and simulation-based measurement methodology for CO2 emissions from new buses, coaches and trucks. The IRU highlights, however, that this measurement tool will only be beneficial to transport operators if it leads to actual operational efficiency increases and reduced fuel consumption on the road.

Moreover, the IRU is strongly disappointed with the inclusion in the strategy of a failed 12-year modal policy shift away from road transport and stresses that all modes are needed in a sustainable EU transport system and must therefore be allowed to green. The IRU remains concerned that the EC does not recognise or support existing initiatives launched by the road transport industry to curb emissions and fuel consumption, such as the EcoEffect Project.

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Leipzig, May 22, 2014 IRU addresses ITF summit on need for global UN trade facilitation tools to tackle today’s problems
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Addressing the International Transport Forum’s 2014 annual summit panel session on “Constructing Supply Chains of the Future: How Shifts in Global Economic Balance Affect Transport”, IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto, stressed the need to implement key global UN trade facilitation instruments, such as the TIR and Harmonization Conventions, to first address today’s problems, before looking to the future. He notably highlighted that these tried and tested tools are easy to implement and provide solutions that effectively eliminate barriers to trade and economic development, such as procedural problems at borders.


Baku, May 21, 2014 IRU showcases TIR as most efficient way to implement WTO Bali Agreement to Customs administrations and academia in Azerbaijan
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Some 200 professionals from Customs administrations, academia and business communities from 70 countries, welcomed the IRU’s presentation of TIR, as the best global UN trade facilitation instrument and most efficient way to implement the WTO Bali Agreement, at a conference in Azerbaijan today.

With a view to showcasing its role in facilitating trade, the IRU was invited to the inaugural International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) Global Conference on "Trade-Facilitation Post-Bali: Putting Policy into Practice", by the INCU and State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan.


Dushanbe, May 16, 2014 IRU strengthens cooperation with high level officials in Tajikistan

An IRU delegation met with high level officials in Tajikistan to strengthen cooperation on IRU initiatives in the Central Asian region. The IRU notably met with the newly-appointed Minister of Transport of Tajikistan, Hairullo Assozoda, who approved the execution of the 2009 IRU-Tajik Memorandum of Understanding, and the Action Plan for 2014-2015. The IRU also discussed cooperation with the Parliament of Tajikistan with Amir Kataev, Chairman of the Committee on Power Engineering, Industry, Construction and Communication of the Parliament of Tajikistan.

The IRU also attended the meeting of the Technical Secretariat of the Working Group on the creation of the IRU Model Highway Initiative (MHI) where it further discussed the implementation of MHI with representatives from governmental bodies, diplomatic corps, international organisations and financial institutions.

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From left to right: Former IRU General Delegate to Eurasia, Dmitry Larionov, Minister of Transport of Tajikistan, Hairullo Assozoda, ABBAT President, Mahmadaly Shokirov

Manilla, May 14, 2014 Philippine Government joins with IRU to promote road safety in UNESCAP region
 

The Government of the Philippines joined with the IRU in promoting the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety in the UNESCAP region, by translating and publishing key IRU road safety tools and distributing them to Filipino transport operators. The Philippine Government expressed significant interest in the IRU tools following a joint UNECE-IRU Europe-Asian Road Safety Forum in New Delhi, where the IRU showcased its latest road safety cards in Hindi, designed to improve road safety in India.

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Beijing, May 14, 2014 Chinese Customs prepare for TIR
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  An IRU delegation, led by the Head of the IRU TIR department, Marek Retelski, today briefed over 30 Chinese Customs officials and experts from 12 regions of the country on the practical aspects of implementing the TIR System in China.

This workshop follows official notifications from the Chinese government expressing its intention to accede to the TIR Convention in the nearest future, which would have a major positive impact on international trade and road transport operations, as well as economic development along the Silk Road.

Cairo, May 14, 2014 IRU showcases TIR as best tool to facilitate trade and road transport between Arab states
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The League of Arab States (LAS) invited the IRU to contribute its global expertise as an observer in the “Technical Committee Supervising the Implementation of the Transit Agreement between Arab States” meeting, with a view to amending the Arab Transit Agreement to include the TIR Convention’s main principles. Discussions focused on facilitating trade, road transport and how to benefit from the TIR System in developing transit between Arab States.

The IRU notably showcased the benefits of using TIR as a key global UN trade facilitation instrument, in parallel to the Arab Transit Agreement, to which representatives of the 14 LAS countries* present at the meeting, expressed significant interest.

* Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates


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