Choose your language

ASMAP and IRU steer debate on digitalisation in Russia and wider Eurasia
Eurasia | Moscow

ASMAP and IRU steer debate on digitalisation in Russia and wider Eurasia

17 Sep 2021 · Innovation

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.

IRU also moderated another session at the event on empowering women in the road transport industry in the region.

Russia’s paperless plans

The representative of the Russian Ministry of Transport outlined recent legal developments regulating the use of consignment notes for national operations. The new law, entering into force on 1 January 2022, will give the same status for digital consignment notes in national operations as for paper notes. 

In 2023, the use of digital consignment notes in national operations may become mandatory. In the coming years, the Russian transport ministry has ambitions to abandon most paper transport documents, replacing them with digital ones.

Digital advances across Eurasia

On the international level, Russia acceded to the e-CMR protocol in 2018, followed by Belarus in 2019. With both countries being member states of the Eurasian Economic Union, they are now in the final phase of preparations to test e-CMR for bilateral transports. Mutual recognition of digital documents and digital signatures will be performed through the “trusted third party” concept developed within the Eurasian Economic Union.

IRU updated the audience concerning the entry into force of Annex 11 to the TIR Convention and next steps regarding implementation, digital TIR corridors deployed in Central Asia, and e-CMR developments across the region.

Digital advances across Eurasia

The Eurasian Economic Commission shared their plans on the further development of the ecosystem of digital transport corridors in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). This unique platform would integrate information systems of authorities in the EAEU and digital services used by businesses to allow fully digital document flows.

Wider use of navigation systems was also on the agenda. Notably, Russia and China have finalised technical protocols to ensure communication between the Glonass and Beidou navigation systems to monitors vehicle routing, as requested by the new bilateral intergovernmental transport agreement. All vehicles engaged in such operations must be equipped with navigation on-board units.

Empowering women in transport 

Another session hosted by IRU brought into the spotlight the topic of women empowerment in transport and logistics sectors. This is especially relevant for Russia, which recently lifted a ban on women working in a several professions including truck drivers. 

IRU, together with trade unions, transport business leaders and women working as truck drivers, discussed driver shortages, skills gaps, better working conditions and the image of the profession, the recruitment of women and young people, and the use of IRU’s RoadMasters solution as an effective online tool to measure driver competencies.

Empowering women in transport