Roundtable and Workshop on - Facilitation of International Transport and Transit in Afghanistan

ACCI, Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation and International Transport Road Union (IRU) jointly organized the Roundtable  on “Facilitation of International Transport and Transit in Afghanistan” and the Workshops on the CMR Convention and the ADR Agreement in coordination with (ECO) Economic Cooperation Organization on 23 – 25 August 2015 in Kabul.

On August 23 ACCI and IRU organized the roundtable, which was focused on major internal and external challenges faced on the way of implementing TIR in Afghanistan. The roundtable was attended by Afghan custom department officials, Afghan police border officials, EU and ADB representatives, Turkish Custom representatives, representatives from Tajikistan Transport Association (ABBAT) and Ministry of Transport and transport companies.

On August 24 the participants presented the benefits of the CMR Convention and the ADR Agreement for Afghanistan.

The “Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road” (CMR Convention) relates to various legal issues concerning the transportation of cargo by road.

The “International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road” (ADR Agreement) governs the international transport of hazardous goods between the member states.

During the presentations and discussions held during the Workshop dedicated to the TIR Convention, the participants paid a particular attention to major challenges on the way of implementing TIR in Afghanistan and pledged to find a solution to solve the existing problems.

Afghanistan is facing multiple internal and external challenges for implementation of TIR. For example; weak capacity of private sector to utilize the system, lack of TIR training system, nonstandard Afghan customs, complicated neighboring countries’ visa procedures for Afghan drivers and compulsory having of Road Pass for Afghan trucks.

The workshop was attended by H.E. Humayoon Rasaw, Minister of Commerce and Industries, Mr. Jarullah Mansoori, Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, ACCI’s leadership and representatives from IRU and ECO Secretariat for Transport.

It’s worth mentioning; TIR was re-activated on 4 September 2013 in Kabul attended by Minister of Finance, the Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Director General of the Customs, the Head of Transport Division of the Economic Cooperation Organization Secretariat (ECO), ACCI leadership, foreign commercial attachés in Kabul and a number of transport and transit companies.

At present, seven Afghan transport companies applied for the admission to the TIR System, and one of them got fully admitted.  At the same time, over 400 transport operations performed by foreign TIR Carnet Holders have been terminated in Afghanistan since TIR re-activation in September 2013.

Since 1983, Afghanistan has been member of IRU. But, due to local unrests in the past decade, Afghanistan has not utilized the international transit system efficiently.

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

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