Middle East | Iskendarun
New UAE–Turkey TIR trade route two-thirds faster than by sea
The first TIR intermodal operation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Turkey, via Iran, has been successfully completed with an Emirati truck arriving in the Mediterranean port of Iskendarun today.
20 Oct 2021 · Prosperity
Global | Beijing
IRU calls out global border chaos risk to SDGs at UN Sustainable Transport Conference
IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto has outlined major issues confronting cross-border road transport services that are risking pandemic recovery efforts, and longer-term achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
18 Oct 2021 · Environment
Asia | Bangkok
UN Forum backs road potential of key North-South Asian trade corridor
A key UN Forum on transport connectivity in Asia has heard evidence on the huge trade potential of the International North-South Transport Corridor (INTSC) connecting Russia to India via Iran and Azerbaijan.
18 Oct 2021 · Prosperity
Asia | Almaty
Central Asia eyes digital TIR to ease border congestion
Current COVID border restrictions and post-pandemic economic growth are both driving an increased focus on making trade and transport more efficient and connected across the landlocked countries of Central Asia.
15 Oct 2021 · Prosperity
Middle East | Istanbul
TIR slashes 80% off transit time with new Pakistan-Iran-Turkey corridor
IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto has greeted the successful arrival of two trucks in Istanbul today, launching TIR along the important new Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) trade corridor.
8 Oct 2021 · Prosperity
Turkey | Istanbul
IRU briefs 14 transport ministers on COVID, borders and trade
IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto has addressed 14 ministers of transport in a closed door round table session during the 12th Transport and Communication Forum, hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Transport.
7 Oct 2021 · Prosperity
Russian Federation | Saint Petersburg
North-south trade in spotlight at TRANSTEC in St Petersburg
Russia and its role as a unique global trade and transport hub was again at the centre of the annual international transport corridors forum, TRANSTEC, in St Petersburg.
6 Oct 2021 · Prosperity
Global | New York
Global transport chiefs urge UN to end humanitarian crisis for supply chain
Global road, air and sea organisations and unions have today called on the world’s heads of government gathering at this week’s UN General Assembly to end a ‘global humanitarian and supply chain crisis.’ In an open letter published on the day of UNGA’s General Debate in New York, IRU, the International Road Transport Union, IATA, the International Air Transport Association, ICS, the International Chamber of Shipping, and ITF, the International Transport Workers’ Federation, made an urgent plea
29 Sep 2021 · People
Global | Geneva
UN seeks IRU voice in key debate on transport resilience
Transport networks around the world, both logistics supply chains and passenger mobility services, are increasingly looking at how they can become more resilient to change, such as the impacts resulting from the current pandemic.
22 Sep 2021 · Prosperity
Middle East | Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates signs up to digital TIR
The United Arab Emirates has become the first country in the Gulf Cooperation Council region to move forward on digitalising the TIR system.
22 Sep 2021 · Prosperity
Eurasia | Online
Asian Development Bank and IRU drive digital TIR for a key central Asian trade route
A joint IRU – Asian Development Bank (ABD) workshop took place last week to advance digital TIR for the Shymkent-Tashkent-Khujand Economic corridor (STKEC) connecting Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and to expand digitalisation in transit to the whole region.
17 Sep 2021 · Prosperity
Eurasia | Moscow
ASMAP and IRU steer debate on digitalisation in Russia and wider Eurasia
IRU and its Russian member, ASMAP, have co-hosted a panel session on digitalising the road transport industry at the 16th International Commercial Vehicle Show “COMTRANS”, in Moscow last week. Speakers from both the public and private sectors discussed the transition to paperless and contactless transit and customs operations.
17 Sep 2021 · Innovation
Europe | Brussels
IRU and ETF welcome new EU funding for safe and secure truck parking areas
IRU, the world road transport organisation, and ETF, Europe’s Transport Workers’ Federation, have welcomed the European Commission´s launch of a call for proposals to access €100 million in CEF funding to improve the network of safe and secure truck parking areas (SSTPAs) across the European Union.
17 Sep 2021 · People
People's Republic of China | Beijing
IRU lays out Green Compact to support China decarbonisation efforts
Secretary General Umberto de Pretto has outlined IRU’s Green Compact, the commercial road transport sector’s decarbonisation roadmap, to high-level Chinese government and business figures.
16 Sep 2021 · Environment
Europe | Online
Road transport industry and EU institutions join forces to integrate migrant workforce
As the European economy begins to recover from the pandemic, mobility networks and supply chains continue to face an increasingly high shortage of qualified professional drivers, which has been a long standing problem for the road transport sector.