Global transit system to boost India trade
The milestone decision puts India and her neighbours at the centre of efforts to increase overland trade and regional integration across South Asia and beyond, fast-tracking the region’s potential to become a strategic trade hub
India’s decision to implement the TIR system will have far reaching benefits for trade and will save significant time and money by streamlining procedures at borders
India has become the 71st country to ratify the United Nations TIR Convention (www.IRU.org/tir). Managed and developed by IRU (www.IRU.org), the world road transport organisation, TIR is the global standard for goods customs transit.
The milestone decision puts India and her neighbours at the centre of efforts to increase overland trade and regional integration across South Asia and beyond, fast-tracking the region’s potential to become a strategic trade hub.
The accession to the TIR Convention is part of India’s multi-modal transport strategy that aims to integrate the economy with global and regional production networks through better connectivity.
Umberto de Pretto, IRU Secretary General said, “I am delighted to welcome India into the TIR family of nations. This is an important step in harmonising standards and boosting transport, trade and development across South Asia.”
“We look forward to working closely with the Indian government and business community as we turn our attention now to implementing the TIR system,” he added.
TIR will be critical in helping India implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, which entered into force this year.
The Convention will also facilitate India’s current national and multilateral connectivity-related initiatives to improve cross border road transport, facilitating overland trade integration with both eastern and western neighbours.
TIR will help India to integrate with Myanmar and Thailand as well as Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. It will also enable India to move cargo along the International North-South Transport Corridor via Chabahar port in Iran, to access landlocked Afghanistan and the energy-rich Eurasian region.
The TIR system secures customs duties and taxes and provides a robust guarantee mechanism, thereby reducing trade transaction costs, and facilitating higher growth of intra-regional and inter-regional trade.
Boris Blanche, Chief Operations Officer at IRU, explained, “India’s decision to implement the TIR system will have far reaching benefits for trade and will save significant time and money by streamlining procedures at borders, reducing administration and cutting border waiting times”.
The United Nations has confirmed that the TIR Convention will enter into force in India in six months and IRU will begin work with Indian partners on training, development and outreach efforts to facilitate prompt implementation.
Distributed by APO on behalf of International Road Transport Organisation (IRU).
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IRU (www.IRU.org) is the global road transport organisation, promoting economic growth, prosperity and safety through the sustainable mobility of people and goods. Founded in 1948, IRU has members and activities in more than 100 countries.
The only global customs transit system for moving goods across international borders, TIR (www.IRU.org/tir) is one of the most successful international transport conventions, making border crossings faster, more secure and more efficient, reducing transport costs, and boosting trade and development.
The TIR system requires minimal manpower and facilities – other than that for checks on seals and the inspection of load compartments or containers, reducing transit delays and congestion at border crossings. This saves significantly on transport costs, leading to increased competitiveness and growth. TIR’s “single transit document” also significantly reduces the risk of presenting inaccurate information and only approved transporters and vehicles are allowed to operate.
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