A new UN publication on building pandemic-resilient transport systems underlines the importance of coordinated action and international instruments such as TIR to keep borders open and goods moving.
The report echoes UN Secretary General António Guterres’ support last month for IRU’s work on keeping goods moving smoothly and efficiently across borders during the pandemic.
Stressing that supply chains must stay fully operational, the report outlines collaborative work between IRU and UNECE to avoid blockages and chaos at borders, including by facilitating the use of the TIR system.
The digital eTIR and e-CMR systems will also be vital to keep goods flowing across borders, while minimising physical contact between customs officials and transport workers.
IRU will continue to work closely with UNECE to further advance the TIR system, with a view to helping the road transport industry and its users recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and building resilience against future crises.