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TIR digitalisation gains ground in Central Asia
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TIR digitalisation gains ground in Central Asia

13 Jul 2021 · Prosperity

The customs authorities of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have officially opened Green Lanes for digital TIR transits. This “express lane” system will make border crossings for TIR transport using digital guarantees even faster. 

IRU is working with the customs authorities of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, as well as the Turkic Council, German development agency GIZ and the US Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program, to drive transport digitalisation in Central Asia. 

Kyrgyz customs officials also attended the Green Lane opening to learn more about digital TIR procedures with a view to extending digital trade corridors. 

These initiatives are helping all countries in the region transition rapidly to eTIR in line with Annex 11 of the UN TIR Convention, the legal basis for eTIR, which entered into force in May this year. UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova has challenged all TIR countries to make eTIR fully operational within three years.