TIR Re-Launched in Afghanistan

ACCI is so pleased to announce that the TIR was re-launched in Afghanistan on 4 September 2013 and now Afghanistan is as the 58th country to enjoy facilitated and secure trade by international road transport, as the TIR System.

The grand opening was attended by Minister of Finance, Mr. Hazrat Omar Zakhelwal,  the Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Mr. Jarullah Mansoori, the Director General of the Afghan Customs Department, Dr. Najibullah Wardak, the Head of Transport Division of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Secretariat, Dr. Ismail Tekesadat, as well as ACCI leadership and Heads of diplomatic missions from various countries and a number of transport and transit companies.

Mr. Zakhelwal highlighted importance of implementation of the TIR system in Afghanistan and appreciated all stakeholder entities for their efforts toward re-activation of the vital project for Afghanistan.

Mr. Muratbek Azymbakiev, Head of TIR Relation read message of IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto. As part of the message he said: “We are very pleased that yet another country has decided and successfully managed to implement this tried and tested multilateral facilitation instrument for trade by international road transport. TIR has proven beneficial in driving economic growth for more than 60 years in many regions of the world, and we can only urge other countries that have not yet done so to follow this example. We warmly congratulate the Afghan Government for taking the initiative to boost not only its economy, but that of the entire Central Asian region, in the interest of all Afghan citizens.”

Mr. Mansoori, explained that how ACCI and MoTCV and Custom Department have attempted to re-active the TIR system. “We successfully done 22 essential criteria assigned by IRU to Afghanistan and now Afghanistan is authorized and eligible to utilize the international transit system.” He said

Mr. Haqjo spoke about importance of TIR system in enhancing export rate of Afghanistan and also urged transport and transits companies to standardize their performances toward utilizing the vital project for Afghanistan efficiently and effectively.

Mr. Youlian Guenkov, Head of Audit and Admission of IRU illustrated his audit report regarding ACCI activities and said the ACCI has managed the essential criteria for conducting the project in Afghanistan effectively and the entity is eligible to issue TIR carnet.

TIR is the facilitator system and is used as a visa for international transport and transit between state members of IRU (International Road Transport Union) and is conducted by IRU according TIR convention.

Since 1983 Afghanistan has been member of IRU and ACCI is permanent delegate in the organization. But, due to existence of local unrest in a decade past years, Afghanistan has not utilized the international transit system efficiently.

On 18 October 2010, Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation (MoTCV) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IRU in Kabul toward re-activation of TIR operation in Afghanistan. Finally, Afghan delegation comprised government and ACCI departed to Geneva on 7 – 8 December 2010 accordingly.

It’s mentionable; IRU has held several workshops for Afghan government and ACCI staff and in Geneva of Swaziland, in Hirat Province of Afghanistan and in Istanbul of Turkey and also a workshop for transport and transit companies in Kabul.

In conducing TIR system in Afghanistan, three entities are involved. ACCI issues TIR carnet, Customs Department conducts custom protocol and accelerates execution TIR in Afghan customs and MoTCV facilities essentials transport and transit needs.

By execution of TIR system in Afghanistan, the country will be released the complicated and difficult transit procedures in transit deal with foreign countries specially its neighboring countries and Afghan quality goods will be exported on time to market overseas, 57 courtiers who are member of IRU.

TIR’ (Transports Internationaux Routiers or International Road Transport) is an international Customs transit system based on a UN Convention implemented at global level in Public-Private Partnership. It has been facilitating and securing trade and international road transport for over 60 years, by allowing customs-sealed vehicles and freight containers to transit countries without border checks, thus considerably reducing transport times and costs. It is one of the most successful multilateral trade and transport facilitation and security instruments currently in force.

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) was founded in Geneva on 23 March 1948, one year after the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), to expedite the reconstruction of war-torn Europe through facilitated international trade by road transport.

The IRU started as a group of national road transport associations from eight western European countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

A global industry federation of national Member Associations and Associate Members in 73 countries on the 5 continents, the IRU today represents the interests of bus, coach, taxi and truck operators worldwide, from large fleets to individual owner-operators.