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Geneva, March 18, 2014 FCS RF extends illegal TIR restrictions to Finnish-Russian border
 

Based on information from the website of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (FCS RF), TIR Carnets will no longer be accepted in the North-West region at the Finnish-Russian border (Customs office of Torfyanovka) as of 20 March 2014.

Transport operators travelling through this high-traffic border crossing point between Europe and Russia will now be obliged to purchase additional national guarantees. The IRU therefore strongly advises all transport operators driving to, from and across Russia, to use the IRU Recommendations for TIR Carnet Holders (ENPDF document ¦ RUPDF document) in case TIR Carnets are illegally refused by Russian Customs officers.

This additional illegal decision by the FCS RF is in direct violation of the TIR Convention, as well as several Court decisions rendered by the Supreme Arbitration Court of Russia. It also defies instructions from the Russian Government taken in relation to TIR in the past few months and constitutes another worrying sign for the business climate in Russia.

The IRU is currently in discussions with various Russian Ministries at all levels to quickly resolve this situation through the immediate reinstatement and long-term continuation of the TIR System in Russia.
The IRU hotline is available to respond to enquiries in English, French and Russian by telephone, + 41 22 918 20 58, or by email hotline@iru.org.


Cairo, March 17, 2014 IRU discusses TIR trade and security benefits with Senior Egyptian officials
 

A joint IRU/Automobile and Touring Club of Egypt (ATCE) delegation met with the Minister of Transport of Egypt, H.E. Ibrahim El-Dimeeri, to discuss economic integration in Africa through accession to key UN multilateral facilitation instruments, notably the TIR Convention. A future partnership was also outlined to develop and establish rules of access to the profession for the transport of goods and passengers, including professional training for managers and drivers according to IRU Academy standards.

In a later meeting with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Economic Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Dr Magdy S. Rady, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Cooperation and Development, H.E. Omar A. Abou Eich, the IRU highlighted the importance of implementing TIR, as the best tool for achieving economic development and regional integration through facilitated and secure trade by international road transport.

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Cairo, March 16, 2014 IRU stresses importance of risk management and professional training to prevent traffic accidents
 

On the occasion of the 2nd International Road Safety Conference, organised by the Automobile and Touring Club of Egypt (ATCE), the IRU highlighted the importance of appropriate risk management procedures and training for road transport managers and professional drivers, notably through IRU Academy Programmes, driver checklists and publications, in order to prevent road traffic accidents, which benefits road safety, transport efficiency and society as a whole.


Tunis, March 14, 2014 UNECE, EC and IRU highlight benefits of ADR Agreement in Tunisia
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Further to the recent publication of an Advocacy Paper on Main UN Road Transport Agreements, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), European Commission (EC) and IRU, jointly promoted the benefits of the ADR Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road, at a 4-day workshop held in Tunis this week.

Over 60 road transport representatives, including all competent bodies involved in the transport of dangerous goods by road, discussed the benefits of the ADR Agreement in facilitating trade through secure transport and the importance of professional ADR training, such as provided by the IRU Academy, to further improve road safety in Tunisia and the EuroMed region.


Geneva, March 13, 2014 CIT re-appoints President and Vice-President
The IRU International Commission on Technical Affairs (CIT) today re-appointed President Mårten Johansson, from the IRU Swedish Member Association Sveriges Akeriföretag (SA) for the 2014-2015 term of office. Jørn-Henrik Carstens, from the IRU Danish Member Association, International Transport Denmark (ITD), was re-appointed Vice-President.
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CIT President, Mårten Johansson (left), and CIT Vice-President, Jørn-Henrik Carstens

Moscow, March 12, 2014 IRU further discusses TIR with Russian authorities and business community
 

An IRU delegation conducted a new series of meetings with Russian authorities, including the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and Ministry of Transport, as well as business community representatives, with a view to resolving the ongoing TIR crisis in Russia. Despite constructive talks that followed meetings with other Russian authorities in February, TIR restrictions have, to date, not been lifted by the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (FCS RF).

The IRU will continue to dialogue with all competent Russian authorities and further discussions are planned in the upcoming weeks.


Ashgabat, March 11, 2014 IRU promotes MHI benefits for Euro-Asian transport linkages to Senior Turkmen officials

An IRU delegation headed by IRU Under Secretary General, Igor Runov, addressed the Heads of diplomatic missions on the issue of Euro-Asian transport linkages, during a special event organised by the Turkmen Government. Following the event, the IRU presented its Model Highway Initiative (MHI) Pilot Project in Turkmenistan to Senior government officials and met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Rashid Meredov, who confirmed his support for IRU efforts to implement MHI on the newly constructed Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi - Turkmenabad highway.

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From left to right: Senior Engineer, UN Office of Project Services, Mohamed Shalaby; IRU Under Secretary General, Igor Runov; President, Eurasia Transit Systems Inc., Juliette Passer; IRU Consultant on Transport Issues, Alexander Zaboev; President, THADA, Bekmurad Eyeberdiyev.

Brussels, March 6, 2014 CLTM appoints new President and Vice Presidents

The IRU EU Goods Transport Liaison Committee (CLTM) today appointed Florence Berthelot, Deputy General Delegate of the French Association, FNTR, as President of the CLTM for the period 2014-2015. Erik Oestergaard, CEO of the Danish Association, DTL, and Peter Tropper, Secretary General of the Austrian Association, AISÖ, were appointed Vice Presidents.

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From left to right: Peter Tropper, AISÖ, Florence Berthelot, FNTR, and Erik Oestergaard, DTL

Brussels, March 5, 2014 IRU welcomes over 300 transport stakeholders at annual Spring Cocktail
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The annual IRU Spring Cocktail held in Brussels today saw the attendance of over 300 key transport stakeholders from across the European Union. The increasingly popular event brought together transport and travel representatives from the EU’s political, business and industry spheres, including MEPs, EU Commission officials, trade associations, manufacturers, transport operators, NGOs, as well as IRU Member Associations.


Brussels, March 5, 2014 IRU kicks off new dialogue on intermodal transport
 

The IRU launched a new dialogue on intermodal transport at an informal workshop aimed to encourage an exchange of views with representatives from other transport modes and with clients on intermodal cooperation, to address how road freight transport can better contribute to more successful intermodal transport systems.

The IRU highlighted that a greener and more efficient EU freight transport system cannot be achieved without efforts from all modes to improve intermodal interaction and increase the attractiveness to businesses seeking intermodal options for transport operations. The IRU reaffirmed its commitment to establishing a common ground with partner organisations to identify potential areas for further constructive cooperation with other modes.


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