The first ever TIR transports have entered Qatar, carrying large generators for the country’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Qatar’s General Authority of Customs successfully received the first two shipments under the TIR system at the Abu Samra border with Saudi Arabia. Total transit for the shipment from Dubai was 75% faster than the traditional maritime route used in recent years.
Supported by Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communication and IRU member the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the two trucks completed the trip from the United Arab Emirates to Qatar, via Saudi Arabia, in less than 24 hours.
Offering a significant cost and time saving alternative compared to the average four-day sea transit, the new TIR route will support Qatar’s logistical planning for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as well as provide a new time-saving option for exporters and logistics firms in both countries.
Qatar was the 73rd country to accede to the United Nations’ TIR Convention, the global standard for customs transit, to facilitate trade and the seamless and secure movement of goods across borders.