China opens more borders to TIR

China Customs is to open more TIR border crossing points with Kazakhstan. They are at Maikapchagai – Jimunai, Dostyk – Alashankou, Kolzhat – Dulata and Bakhty – Baketu. Together with Khorgos, which opened in May 2018, all five China-Kazakhstan border crossings will be fully TIR operational. [+]

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 ... [+]

Argentina to join TIR

Argentina has acceded to the TIR Convention. It joins existing South American signatories Chile and Uruguay. [+]

Oman to join TIR

Oman is to join the TIR, becoming the latest Gulf country to join the customs transit scheme. The International Road Transport Union (IRU) said it would work closely with government agencies to develop a digital using the latest technologies. Bilateral trade between Arab countries is currently as low as 10% ... [+]

Pakistan TIR goes live

The Pakistan International Chamber of Commerce (PNC-ICC) issued the first TIR carnet this week to Pakistani transport operator, TCS Logistics on 12 October. It follows recent meetings in Istanbul between Afghanistan and Pakistan where they agreed to initiate test operations from Karachi to Kabul and vice versa. There are now plans to ... [+]

Border crossing to boost China-Europe road transport

The IRU reports that Kazakhstan and China have opened a new border crossing at Nur Zholy-Khorgos to boost trade along the new 8,445km Western China to Western Europe expressway,  part of China’s Belt and Road project. It is part of a huge road project across Russian, Kazakhstan and China.It is ... [+]

TIR debuts in UAE

The first ever intermodal TIR operation between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the EU was launched on 20 September when a container left the UAE bound for Europe under a single customs transit document and a single guarantee. It operated the SAIF Zone in Sharjah and was bound for Olomouc ... [+]

India joins TIR

India formally implemented the TIR customs guarantee system on 15 August, the country’s Independence Day, the IRU reports. The move is expected to make cargo movements easier and more efficient, including the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) via Iran. The INSTC provides global access to markets, connecting India to the wider ... [+]

Vietnam on road to TIR

The International Road Transport Union and Vietnam Customs have agreed a joint action plan to support the country’s accession to the TIR Convention. China’s activation of TIR is expected to kick-start improved trade flows between the two nations but until now the lack of common guarantee mechanisms in South East Asia ... [+]

Saudi Arabia joins TIR

Saudi Arabia has formally acceded to the United Nations’ TIR Convention, becoming the 74th country to do so, reports the International Road Transport Union. It follows the Saudi Council of Ministers approval in early April. The Saudi government aims to boost the country’s position as a logistics hub. Bilateral trade between Arab ... [+]

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