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Brussels rejects TIR reinstatement call

[ July 26, 2012   //   ]

The European Commissioner for Taxation and the Customs Union Algirdas Šemeta has rejected a call by the International Road Transport Union for the TIR system to be reintroduced for intra-EU truck movements. The IRU had called for the TIR transit system to be reinstated for goods transport under customs control within the EU, arguing that it would be an attractive alternative to the T System, which is controlled by a handful of freight forwarding companies, as part of ongoing modifications to the EU customs code is currently being revised.

However, the Commissioner said that such a move was unnecessary, and indeed would not be legally possible due to the absence of internal borders within the EU. Moreover, there were no restrictions on who could lodge transit declarations under the T form system, despite the IRU’s argument, said the Commissioner.

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