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Shanghai, June 19, 2014 IRU showcases TIR as best tool to facilitate and secure trade along Silk Road Economic Belt
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The IRU presented the benefits of the TIR System as the best instrument to facilitate and secure trade along the Silk Road Economic Belt via road transport, at Transport Logistic China 2014 held in Shanghai this week. The IRU notably discussed the future accession of China to the TIR Convention, the benefits of using TIR Electronic Pre-Declarations (TIR-EPD) to send advanced cargo information to Customs authorities, saving both time and money, and the potential for developing road transport between China and Central Asia.

As the leading trade fair for transport and logistics in Asia, the three-day event brought together some 16,000 visitors from 69 countries, including Ministers of Transport and Sustainable Development from Luxembourg, the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation.


Dushanbe, June 19, 2014 IRU showcases benefits of further developing TIR in Tajikistan and neighbouring countries
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The IRU organised a regional TIR seminar today with its Tajik Member Association, ABBAT, to highlight the potential for further developing the TIR System in Tajikistan and neighbouring countries.  The potential and new initiatives for developing TIR in the region, supported by the full implementation of existing IRU IT risk management tools, such as the IRU TIR-Electronic Pre-Declaration (TIR-EPD) application, were notably presented.

Participants, including TIR national associations from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and representatives from the Asian Development Bank and USAID Afghanistan project, agreed that efficient trade facilitation is the foundation for stable regional cooperation.

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Sofia, June 18, 2014 IRU highlights need for harmonised enforcement and training across EU
 

Speaking at the Euro Contrôle Route (ECR) Conference in Bulgaria today, the IRU reiterated the need for harmonised enforcement and enforcement training across the European Union. To this end, the IRU commended ECR and its Members for the constructive cooperation and joint work undertaken in recent years, which led to the creation of practical tools for operators and inspectors, such as the Control Practices Feedback Desk, and the publication of a leaflet on how to fill in, use and control the journey form for occasional passenger transport in the EU.

Other joint operator-enforcer initiatives were notably discussed and are currently under way in the field of training, procedures for controls at the road side and enforcement checklists, and are expected to provide positive results in the near future.


Geneva, June 18, 2014 IRU calls on President Putin to prevent TIR withdrawal on Russian territory and avoid negative consequences for Russian trade and transport operators
  International Road Transport Union (IRU) is forced to inform President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir V. Putin, of IRU’s legal obligation to stop issuance of TIR Carnets to Russian transport operators if no progress is achieved to prolong the current TIR guarantee agreement and fully reinstate the TIR procedure at all Customs offices of entry into Russia by 1 July 2014.

Geneva, June 13, 2014 UN TIR bodies and IRU call again for full reinstatement of TIR in Russia
 

The Contracting Parties to the TIR Convention reiterated their call on the Russian Federation to fully reinstate TIR, during high level sessions of the UN TIR Bodies WP.30 and AC.2 held in Geneva this week.

In his opening address at the AC.2, Acting Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Michael Møller, invited the TIR Contracting Parties to make every effort to ensure the full and unconditional reinstatement of TIR in Russia, in accordance with the TIR Convention and in keeping with responsibility to uphold the rule of law at international level.

On this occasion, the IRU once again appealed to the Russian side to clarify the situation with the existing guarantee agreement and to fully reinstate TIR on Russian territory, stressing the potential negative consequences for Russian trade and transport operators, if no progress is reached by 00:00 GMT, 1 July 2014.


Brussels, June 13, 2014 EC Vice President ill-informed on taxis
 

Taxi strikes across Europe this week have highlighted frustration felt within the sector regarding cowboy taxi operators who are by-passing extensive quality and safety regulations in order to under-cut regulated taxi services. Furthermore, comments by political leaders in support of cowboy services are ill-informed.

Commenting on recent remarks made by European Commission Vice-President, Neelie Kroes, IRU General Delegate to the EU, Michael Nielsen, said, “This is not an issue of taxis resisting digital innovation, it’s simply about fairness and customer protection. I am sure Mrs Kroes would not want to see amateur radio operators freely using regulated European radio frequencies to set up unauthorised and unlicensed telecom networks as and when they felt like it. Why should professional and licensed taxis be subjected to the same dangerous free-for-all?”

In terms of digital innovation, Europe’s taxi industry is one of the most progressive and innovative in the world. In fact, Europe’s taxi providers have been using digital tools for some time to provide better, more convenient customer services with apps such as taxi.eu and ecab, which offer professional services that exceed the offerings of unregulated, cowboy operators using systems such as Uber.

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Brussels, June 12, 2014 IRU calls for an EU status for freight forwarders
 

Speaking at a UNECE workshop today on the “Role of freight forwarders and logistics in intermodal transport chains”, IRU Head of EU Goods Transport, Marc Billiet, outlined the IRU’s concerns regarding the large variety of national rules, general lack of access to the profession and shared liability regimes, which apply to freight forwarders in different EU Member States. “This counterproductive situation, and resulting lack of legal certainty for actors in the logistics chain including road freight transport operators, could lead to further distortions of competition between service providers”, Marc Billiet stressed.

In this respect, and with a view to holding all actors in the transport sector accountable for their actions, the IRU called for an aligned EU legal framework for freight forwarders, including EU-wide regulations on access to the profession and shared liability for transports conducted under contract for freight forwarders.


Brussels, June 6, 2014 IRU welcomes Council agreement on commercial vehicle weights and dimensions
  IRU welcomes the Council of the European Union’s agreement on a political position on commercial vehicle weights and dimensions proposals that sooner rather than later should see safer, more environmentally-friendly trucks, buses and coaches on Europe’s roads.

New York, June 5, 2014 IRU road safety and security initiatives showcased for Road Safety Treaty Day

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in partnership with the IRU, today organised an International Treaties Seminar on Road Safety, to highlight the role of key UN agreements and conventions in road transport, as well as highlight road safety issues.

Representatives of the UN Secretariat and accredited country missions to the UN attended the seminar, where IRU Under Secretary General, Igor Runov, showcased IRU activities to promote global UN trade facilitation instruments, notably the TIR and Harmonization Conventions. These tried and tested tools allow road transport to drive trade and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals elaborated in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Seminar participants were also briefed on the IRU’s latest road safety and security initiatives, including its contribution to the UN Resolution on Road Safety and Security, adopted on 10 April 2014.

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From left to right: IRU Under Secretary General, Igor Runov; Director of the UNECE Transport Division, Eva Molnar; Chief, Treaty Section, UN Office of Legal Affairs, Santiago Villalpando

Chisinau, June 5, 2014 Moldova approves pilot Green Lanes for AEO and TIR-EPD
 

As a result of successful Public-Private Partnership between the IRU’s Moldovan Member Association, AITA, the IRU, and Moldovan Customs authorities, the Government of Moldova has approved a pilot project to implement Green Lanes for Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) and TIR Electronic Pre-Declarations (TIR-EPD), at all Customs points of entry and exit to Moldova. The new Green Lanes will significantly facilitate and secure trade by decreasing truck waiting times at borders, as well as reducing transport time and costs.

The first border crossing point to benefit from Green Lanes is expected to be the Leuseni Customs office between Moldova and Romania. However, it will only be operational for exit from Moldova at the initial stage.


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