This week’s TIR transit linking China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan marks China’s first inbound TIR customs transit operation, offering savings of up to USD 500 on each shipment and improving transport facilitation along a key Belt and Road corridor.
TIR will strengthen China’s cooperation on international trade, expanding its number of import countries and improving customs clearance efficiency to bring enhanced economic and social prosperity to the nations along the Belt and Road.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan and the Road and River Transport Agency, reduced delivery times are among the main benefits of the newly activated route.
Transport costs will also go down due to the development of a flexible and transparent system of tariffs for transporting containers and consolidated cargo.
China’s Irkeshtam, the country’s westernmost border crossing, received the first TIR transport, from Tashkent in Uzbekistan, transiting via Osh in Kyrgyzstan.
Silk Road International, a joint venture between Uzbekistan and China, conducted the transport of juice, along the route.