TIR operations – the global customs transit standard – have started at the Chinese-Kazakh border advancing lower cost, faster, and more secure trade flows across Eurasia. The important milestone signals the activation of the new Silk Road overland link from China to Europe.
The passage of this first TIR truck follows the implementation of TIR in China in recent weeks. It is now en route to Georgia, transiting Kazakhstan and Russia. It crossed the Chinese border at Khorgos, one of the biggest dry ports, which is a cornerstone of plans to reactivate the Silk Road as part of China’s Belt and Road initiative.