Decarbonisation and eTIR implementation topped the agenda as IRU’s Secretary General and Tajikistan’s UN Geneva ambassador held their first meeting.
The Secretary General of IRU, Umberto de Pretto, and Sharaf Sheralizoda, the Permanent Representative of Tajikistan to the United Nations Office at Geneva, exchanged on the importance of road transport for Tajikistan, a landlocked country in the middle of east-west trade.
Like most Central Asian countries, Tajikistan has been supporting trade, transit and TIR digitalisation efforts. It has implemented TIR-EPD electronic customs advance information and acceded to the e-CMR Protocol.
IRU, together with its member the Tajik Association of Road Transport Operators, works closely with Tajik customs on trade facilitation and the digitalisation of TIR services, paving the way for the implementation of eTIR.
Umberto de Pretto and Sharaf Sheralizoda also discussed efficiency measures that Tajikistan’s road transport sector can implement to reduce its CO2 emissions while continuing to effectively meet transport demand and cement its position as a land-linked country.