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TIR could be a lifesaver, say road experts

[ May 12, 2020   //   ]

The heads of the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) have called on Customs administrations worldwide to ensure that traffic keeps moving dyring the Covid-19 pandamic.
In a joint statement published on 8 May WCO secretary general Kunio Mikuriya and IRU secretary general Umberto de Pretto called on national border agencies to implement international standards such as the TIR Convention, and to use the TIR system, and its IT tools, wherever possible, to allow secure transport under Customs control with limited physical checks and less contact between people at borders, thus reducing the risk of spreading the virus.
They also called for ‘green’ lanes for commercial vehicles to reduce border waiting times and other measures to ensure supply chain continuity and to avoid closing borders to the international transport of goods, particularly for relief goods and personnel and essential goods. They should also avoid unnecessary checking of commercial vehicles at borders.