The future? Dynamic and multi-modal
A key IRU goal in the Americas is to facilitate trade and road transport through the implementation of existing and applicable UN conventions and instruments such as TIR. Argentina, Canada, Chile, the United States and Uruguay are already signatories of the TIR Convention.
In addition to encouraging new countries to become TIR signatories, IRU is assisting countries in the Americas to develop intermodal transport and to harmonise transport links between seaports, rail and road with a view to creating dynamic, multi-modal national and regional transport hubs.
A key export hub, South America faces the challenge of improving intra-regional transport integration. This is why facilitating trade and border operations on this continent, and improving transport infrastructure, are key aims. We do this by providing capacity building and knowledge sharing on issues such as urban mobility, transport and border facilitation, and training.
IRU’s initiatives and experiences in other regions around the world can be applied to the Americas. Our initiatives elsewhere can also provide insights into improving cross-border operations in North America, especially between the US and Mexico border. IRU has a strong and growing membership base in the Americas, notably with transport associations, in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, the United States, and Uruguay. Working collaboratively with organisations such as the Camara Inter-Americana de Transportes (CIT), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), amongst others, IRU will continue to work closely with other countries in South, North and Central America.
Buses are heavily used and a reliable mode of transport throughout the Americas. Some countries here have very mature and modern passenger road transport industries. IRU’s goal is to support continued improvements and the growth of passenger road transport.
This IRU initiative develops sustainable programmes for passengers and freight. As part of Smart Move in the Americas, IRU is working with national and local governments, and regional organisations to design policies that put buses at the heart of urban transport, making them more user-friendly and ensuring ample intra-city bus networks.