China-Kazakhstan TIR launched

A new China-Kazakhstan TIR route has opened, following the China-Central Asia Summit in May. A Sinotrans truck, loaded with mechanical equipment, departed from China’s northwest inland city of Xi’an, exiting via the Alashankou border crossing, before arriving in Dostyk, Kazakhstan. IRU member the China Road Transport Association issued the TIR carnet. [+]

EU Ministers assuage IRU EU emissions fears

The International Road transport Union (IRU) has applauded EU Environment Ministers’ decision to set the start date for the new EU Emissions Trading System (ETS II) to 2028, which it said was more realistic than the Parliament’s and original European Commission proposal.It added that the European Council also understood its ... [+]

Road rate index hits all-time high

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) said the European Road Freight Rate Benchmark hit an all-time high in the first quarter of 2022. Rising costs, supply and capacity disruptions, regulatory change and war in Ukraine created a potent mix of rate drivers. The Benchmark index rate rose by 4.3 points over ... [+]

No end to driver shortage, warns IRU

Truck driver shortages are expected to increase in 2021 by over a quarter on 2020 levels in almost all of the 23 countries surveyed in the International Road Transport Union (IRU) recent global survey of road transport firms.It added that gaps are set to increase at a much higher rate ... [+]

Think again on trucker Covid checks, IRU tells Germany

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has written to German Chancellor Angela Merkel pointing out that her country’s refusal to exempt professional truck drivers from mandatory COVID-19 testing broke previous commitments on EU “green lanes” and the free movement of goods, and moreover dids not help curb the virus. It added ... [+]

Covid tests cause border chaos in Europe

Test measures for truck drivers imposed by Germany, the Austrian Tyrol and the Czech Republic, are causing chaos for freight transport, warns the International Road Transport Union (IRU). The trade route from Italy northwards across the Brenner Pass, as well as East-West corridors, are particularly badly affected, it says. Germany has ... [+]

‘Never again’ says IRU as Kent blockade starts to ease

The International Road Transport Union is calling on governments to agree clear protocols to avoid a repetition of the current scenes in Kent after the French government closed its borders to truck drivers from the UK. With trucks are now moving slowly through a gridlocked Dover towards France, the current backlog ... [+]

Russia to lift ban on lorry-driving ladies

Russia’s Ministry of Labour is to lift a ban on women becoming professional truck drivers as part of a sweeping away of legislation that currently bans them from a range of ‘physical’ jobs including firefighting and driving buses of more than 14 seats The legislation inherited from the former Soviet ... [+]

First TIR truck to China

The first successful TIR transport from Europe to China was completed in late February in 12 days - 7,400km journey from Germany to Khorgos in Chinese – reports the International Road Transport Union (IRU). Carrying 12 tonnes of automobile lubricant in challenging winter conditions, the truck travelled through Belarus, ... [+]

Cheaper than a plane, faster than a train

Ceva Logistics has taken part in the project to send the first ever TIR truck from China to Europe. A trial run from Khorgos, China via Kazakhstan to Poland operated on 13 November, in conjunction with the International Road Transportation Union and Alblas and Jet-rail, arriving at destination in just ... [+]

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