IRU News IRU News en Kazakhstan – industry leader explains why trade prospects with China look set to rise Absatov Erlan Sembekovich, Director of the Department of Economic Integration of the Ministry of Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, talks to IRU. Insight into trade with China, the impact of TIR implementation in China and Kazakhstan’s road transport and transit industry. Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:23:39 +0200 IRU Sudan eyes TIR to spur growth Meetings in Khartoum put the focus on TIR as a means for Sudan to increase competitiveness as a transit hub, boost exports, generate jobs and expand economic activities. With the recent addition of the Sudanese Union of Chambers of Commerce (SUCoC) to IRU’s membership and the official nomination by Sudan Customs of SUCoC as the guaranteeing and issuing association for the TIR system, the Republic of Sudan looks set to accede to the TIR Convention in the near future. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:38:05 +0200 IRU UAE tees up on TIR IRU has conducted a training session in the UAE, with presentations on specific TIR services and tools as well as practical scenarios for the implementation of the system with a view to it becoming operational next month.  Hosted by the Automobile and Tourism Club of the UAE and the Federal Customs Authority (FCA) in Dubai, the TIR training programme is part of the drive to reinforce local capacity to implement TIR.  Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:08:00 +0200 IRU Digital logistics to grow Eurasian trade IRU President Christian Labrot, is in Astana at the second edition of the Eurasian Week International Forum, focusing on digital logistics and Eurasian trade potential. With road transport crucial for the region’s economies, the continuing digitalisation of transit and logistics – with tools such as digital TIR and e-CMR – offers huge opportunities to help grow export markets. Thu, 03 Aug 2017 12:33:09 +0200 IRU Road transport is a key driver of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals IRU’s secretary general, Umberto de Pretto, meets with the new executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Olga Algayerova, to firm up cooperation on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), road safety and the digitalisation of transport and customs transit tools.  Welcoming Ms Algayerova to the post, IRU conveyed enthusiasm for championing the role of road transport in the development of new policy frameworks for SDG implementation. Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:43:09 +0200 IRU IRU calls for Brexit deal to avoid road transport chaos As Brexit negotiations advance, it is essential that the UK Government and the European Union reach a comprehensive deal that addresses the many questions affecting the road transport industry. Road transport is the lifeblood of Europe’s economy, with the fortunes of the markets in both the UK and the European Union highly dependent on trade between the two. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:14:49 +0200 IRU Advance on digital TIR for Uzbekistan Recent meetings in Uzbekistan have boosted momentum for TIR digital tools, with new cross border digital pilot transports in sight. IRU gained support from the State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan to make TIR Electronic Pre-Declarations (TIR-EPD) operational by the end of this year. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:05:29 +0200 IRU Private and public transport sectors unite to spur sustainable development Bringing the voice of the private sector into the UN’s work on sustainability, a model digital transport partnership between business and government in Greece will be recognised in New York at the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Business Forum. IRU member, the Hellenic Federation of Road Transport, and the Ministry of Transport for Greece, will showcase the recent launch of the digital consignment note (e-CMR), which represents a major step forward for trade facilitation. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:25:27 +0200 IRU Feedback sought to create common language for digital logistics A two-month public review concerning the e-CMR project has been launched as a next step in standardising a unique model, which will ensure compatibility between all future digital solutions for international road transport. Published on the UN’s portal for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards (UN/CEFACT), the Business Requirements Specification for electronic CMR comprises a template for feedback, which will provide a basis for the Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:38:24 +0200 IRU Tajik customs eyes the new generation TIR IRU engaged with customs officials at training workshops in Tajikistan this week, to raise awareness of higher level guarantees as well as TIR’s tried and tested IT tools. The workshop comes ahead of the introduction of the TIR+ voucher in Tajikistan, which will make TIR even more flexible by covering extra guarantee limits when needed, and securing customs duties and taxes. The use of TIR’s digital tools in Tajikistan is an important step towards the prospect of fully digital TIR, paving the way for future logistics operations. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:10:36 +0200 IRU