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1 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 1 Facilitation of Road Transport UNCTAD Geneva, 21 February 2007 UNCTAD Peter Krausz Head – CTM/Facilitation/Events Jean Acri Head – TIR System

2 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 2

3 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 3 Evolution of IRU Membership Updated January 2007 Created Founder States: Created Founder States: BelgiumDenmarkFranceNetherlands NorwaySwedenUKSwitzerland Members 70 Countries

4 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 4 IRU Priorities 2007 – Overview As per Art. 2 of the IRU Constitution   Sustainable Development Innovation Incentives Infrastructure   Facilitation Trade Tourism Road Transport   Sustainable Development Innovation Incentives Infrastructure   Facilitation Trade Tourism Road Transport

5 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 5 Facilitate Trade  Trade & road transport facilitation & security  GATT and GATS go hand-in-hand  Border crossing facilitation  Customs transit systems  Trade & road transport facilitation & security  GATT and GATS go hand-in-hand  Border crossing facilitation  Customs transit systems

6 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 6  Coach-friendly city award  Euro-Challenge award  International coach classification  Partnership between public transport & taxis  Coach-friendly city award  Euro-Challenge award  International coach classification  Partnership between public transport & taxis Facilitate Tourism

7 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 7 Facilitate Road Freight Transport  Border waiting times*  Transport quotas and licences  Non compliance with MFN treatment  Requirements for transhipment  Mandatory convoys  Illegal immigration  Mandatory use of certain commercial services  Problems in obtaining visas for professional drivers*  Border waiting times*  Transport quotas and licences  Non compliance with MFN treatment  Requirements for transhipment  Mandatory convoys  Illegal immigration  Mandatory use of certain commercial services  Problems in obtaining visas for professional drivers*

8 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 8  Transit or quasi transit fees  Quasi security measures  Measures without prior or with short notice  Non accession to conventions and non harmonised application  Regional transport and transit agreements  Deadlines too short to appeal  Electronic transport documents  Transit or quasi transit fees  Quasi security measures  Measures without prior or with short notice  Non accession to conventions and non harmonised application  Regional transport and transit agreements  Deadlines too short to appeal  Electronic transport documents Facilitate Road Freight Transport

9 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 9 Border Waiting Times*

10 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 10 What to do at Borders*? = PMI  Improve Procedures as per international standards  Change stakeholders’ Mindset  Invest in physical Infrastructure  Improve Procedures as per international standards  Change stakeholders’ Mindset  Invest in physical Infrastructure

11 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 11 Solution for Visa Matters*  Identify international drivers as a special category  Issue annual multiple-entry visas for reasonable fees  Reduce issuance time and application documents  Accept transport associations as intermediaries  Consider the applicability of ILO Convention No.185 on seafarers ID Card to drivers’ needs  Identify international drivers as a special category  Issue annual multiple-entry visas for reasonable fees  Reduce issuance time and application documents  Accept transport associations as intermediaries  Consider the applicability of ILO Convention No.185 on seafarers ID Card to drivers’ needs

12 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 12 Facilitate Road Freight Traffic

13 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 13 Border crossing Country ACountry CCountry B Temporary import Export Temporary import Export National rules Trade Without Transit System

14 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 14 Trade With Transit System  Regional: the transit systems are geographically limited to the region they cover Might be perceived as a facilitation tool, but there is better!Might be perceived as a facilitation tool, but there is better!  Global: the transit system has a world-wide coverage potential and is intermodal Multilateral approach…Multilateral approach…  Regional: the transit systems are geographically limited to the region they cover Might be perceived as a facilitation tool, but there is better!Might be perceived as a facilitation tool, but there is better!  Global: the transit system has a world-wide coverage potential and is intermodal Multilateral approach…Multilateral approach…

15 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 15 Multilateral Approach

16 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 16 Almaty Programme of Action  The IRU is committed to fulfilling its role in the implementation of the Almaty PoA for LLDCs Ensures secure access to/from sea & other countriesEnsures secure access to/from sea & other countries Facilitates border crossing, improving competitiveness of LLDCsFacilitates border crossing, improving competitiveness of LLDCs Reduces costs & delaysReduces costs & delays Improved safety record thanks to the IRU GuidelinesImproved safety record thanks to the IRU Guidelines Opens up land routes, demonstrated through the Beijing to Brussels CaravanOpens up land routes, demonstrated through the Beijing to Brussels Caravan  The IRU is committed to fulfilling its role in the implementation of the Almaty PoA for LLDCs Ensures secure access to/from sea & other countriesEnsures secure access to/from sea & other countries Facilitates border crossing, improving competitiveness of LLDCsFacilitates border crossing, improving competitiveness of LLDCs Reduces costs & delaysReduces costs & delays Improved safety record thanks to the IRU GuidelinesImproved safety record thanks to the IRU Guidelines Opens up land routes, demonstrated through the Beijing to Brussels CaravanOpens up land routes, demonstrated through the Beijing to Brussels Caravan

17 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 17 TIR Convention  The TIR System is established by the TIR Convention  Created in 1959 under the auspices of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Europe UNECE  Current TIR Convention came into force in 1975  The TIR System is established by the TIR Convention  Created in 1959 under the auspices of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Europe UNECE  Current TIR Convention came into force in 1975

18 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 18 The TIR System Worldwide Now 55 Operational Countries Pioneer States : BEL, DEU, FRA, ITA, LUX, NLD, Now: 67 Contracting Parties Future Contracting Parties: PAK, PRC, SAU, THA, UAE, YEM

19 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 19 TIR - Principles  TIR System is an international transit system for goods carried entirely or partly by road  The only transit system with a world-wide coverage  TIR System is an international transit system for goods carried entirely or partly by road  The only transit system with a world-wide coverage

20 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 20 Strategic Benefits  Trade Facilitation… Facilitates transit movements through the implementation of standard controls & documentsFacilitates transit movements through the implementation of standard controls & documents gives access to 55 operational countriesgives access to 55 operational countries Reduces transport costs by reducing formalities and delays in transit operationsReduces transport costs by reducing formalities and delays in transit operations  Trade Facilitation… Facilitates transit movements through the implementation of standard controls & documentsFacilitates transit movements through the implementation of standard controls & documents gives access to 55 operational countriesgives access to 55 operational countries Reduces transport costs by reducing formalities and delays in transit operationsReduces transport costs by reducing formalities and delays in transit operations

21 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 21 Strategic Benefits  … in complete security Encourages the secure and sustainable development of international trade (controlled access, traceability)Encourages the secure and sustainable development of international trade (controlled access, traceability) In line with the required improvements in the security of the supply chainIn line with the required improvements in the security of the supply chain  … in complete security Encourages the secure and sustainable development of international trade (controlled access, traceability)Encourages the secure and sustainable development of international trade (controlled access, traceability) In line with the required improvements in the security of the supply chainIn line with the required improvements in the security of the supply chain  

22 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 22 CUTE-Wise Customs Holder IRU dBase TIR Carnet Life Cycle Electronic TIR data Issuing Association Holder Issuing Association SafeTIR Storage IRU Archive Ensuring Traceability Risk Management Tool Driver IRU Control

23 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 23 CUTE -Wise

24 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 24 (NCTS/TIR) Pre-declaration TIR - One guarantee - One regime - Independence TIR Madrid Electronic TIR Pre-Declaration Fulfills two requirements:  Electronic pre-declaration  Computerized exchange of information

25 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 25 GNIVTs Moscow IRU Geneva SafeTIR data SafeTIR Real Time project: The association can issue in security The association can issue in security The Customs can take into charge the TIR Carnet in security knowing that the association has issued it in security The Customs can take into charge the TIR Carnet in security knowing that the association has issued it in security What is the status of the TIR Carnet ? The status of the TIR Carnet is : Valid (with the following details: Holder ID, validity date, Issuing Association name) Valid (with the following details: Holder ID, validity date, Issuing Association name) Invalid Invalid Not issued/False/other situations Not issued/False/other situations IRU - FCS SafeTIR Real Time Project

26 © International Road Transport Union (IRU) 2007 Page 26 ConclusionConclusion In line with the required improvements in the security in the supply chain Concrete example of efficient Public Private Partnership Optimum balance between trade security and facilitation Unique tool for opening up land routes In line with the required improvements in the security in the supply chain Concrete example of efficient Public Private Partnership Optimum balance between trade security and facilitation Unique tool for opening up land routes

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