IRU History


The long haul

From humble beginnings seven decades ago, IRU now shapes mobility policy and practice in over 100 countries.

IRU was founded in 1948 in Geneva to help war-torn Europe rebuild devastated trade and commercial links.
Beginning as an alliance of national road transport associations from eight European countries, IRU already began to develop TIR in 1949.

As geopolitical and economic changes have advanced across Europe and Asia in the decades since, IRU has remained at the forefront of facilitating trade, improving transport and boosting prosperity.
IRU membership and activities have now expanded to all continents, encompassing passenger and goods mobility by road, as well as intermodal journeys and innovative mobility services.

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