Asia | Mumbai
TIR to drive prosperity in Southern Asia
Boosting Bangladesh-India trade was on the agenda of a recent high-level event organised with IRU member FICCI, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Bangladesh and the Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI).
31 Mar 2021 · Prosperity
Eurasia | Bandar Abbas
TIR opens new faster route from Russia to UAE
A new intermodal TIR route from Russia to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to boost trade, with at least a 50% reduction in transport times and 15% reduction in costs, compared to the traditional routes.
25 Mar 2021 · Prosperity
Global | Geneva
IRU and Eurasian regional bodies call for coordinated government action on COVID-19
Following an emergency virtual meeting on COVID-19 organised by IRU, the leaders of major Eurasian regional bodies today issued a joint statement calling for urgent and coordinated government action.
15 Mar 2021 · Prosperity
Asia | Shanghai
IRU joins forces with SCO to drive transport digitalisation across Asia
Senior figures from Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) transport ministries, customs administrations, and national TIR and road transport associations met with IRU experts today on road transport digitalisation.
11 Mar 2021 · Prosperity, Innovation
Global | Geneva
New legal framework for eTIR to enter into force on 25 May
The new legal framework for eTIR within the TIR Convention has taken a key step forward. The UN Secretary General has confirmed that no TIR convention signatories have filed objections to the new global legal framework. It will therefore enter into force on 25 May this year.
5 Mar 2021 · Prosperity
Germany | Berlin
IRU briefs German government on the border chaos they have created
Following an open letter urging Chancellor Angela Merkel to reconsider Germany’s misguided border restrictions on testing commercial vehicle drivers, IRU was today invited by the government to brief key ministries on the impact their measures are having on internal commercial road transport in Europe.
4 Mar 2021 · Prosperity
Europe | Brussels
Road transport industry fights disproportionate driving restrictions in Austria
IRU, along with several of its EU member associations, has written to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calling for European Commission action against multiple driving bans for heavy goods vehicles in the Austrian Region of Tyrol.
2 Mar 2021 · Prosperity
Middle East | Muscat
Transport times cut by 85% with first TIR transport from Oman
Two TIR trucks laden with food products departed Oman on Sunday, passing through the United Arab Emirates and arriving at their destination in Saudi Arabia less than 24 hours later, a massive time reduction of 85% compared to trucks not using TIR.
26 Feb 2021 · Prosperity
Afghanistan | Kabul
Afghanistan eyes road transport reform with IRU support
Following an explosion at the Islam Qala border crossing between Afghanistan and Iran, which led to casualties and the destruction of a large number of trucks, IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto met this week with the Afghan Minister for Transport, Qudratullah Zaki, to discuss how such incidents could be avoided in the future.
26 Feb 2021 · People, Prosperity
Eurasia | Ashgabat
UN echoes IRU call on keeping Caspian trade moving
Speaking at a high-level UN event on the impact of COVID-19 on road transport in the Caspian Sea region, IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto called for a coordinated global and regional approach to fight the pandemic.
25 Feb 2021 · Prosperity
Sweden | Stockholm
Business down by 90% for Swedish bus and coach sector
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically transformed the operating environment for road transport companies around the globe. In Sweden, government restrictions hit the passenger transport sector particularly hard, with bus companies losing 90% of their income and business almost overnight.
24 Feb 2021 · People, Prosperity
Eurasia | Dushanbe
First TIR-EPD movements from Tajikistan pave the way for transport digitalisation
Two trucks carrying cotton bound for Turkey have crossed the border from Tajikistan to Uzbekistan, using the TIR-EPD electronic customs pre-declaration for the first time in Tajikistan.