Russia Considers Issue of Return to TIR Convention

According to officials, Russia is considering the matter of return to the TIR Convention. The International Road and Transport Union (IRU) gave Russia the term to reinstate on its territory the system established by the Convention on International Carriage (TIR) before 1 July. Otherwise, IRU will withdraw this country from its guarantee.

The reason for such decision was actual withdrawal of Russia from TIR Convention due to the conflict between the Russian Federal Customs Service and the Association of International Road Carriers. IRU already excluded Russia from the system in 2002.

As we reported before, the Federal Customs Service (FCS) of Russia postponed the deadline of termination of the “Agreement on the obligations on the application of the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention, 1975)”, concluded on 7 June 2004 between the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation and the International Road Carriers Association, for 1 July 2014.

The FCS of Russia declared that it duly notified the IRCA about that decision in a letter dated 29 November 2013. In the coming period it is planned, in particular, to hold talks with the International Road Transport Union (IRU) on issues relating to the modernization of the Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets, in order to ensure properly the observation of Russian Federation’s interests.

As the FCS informed. “IRU’s debt of 20.8 billion rubles has not been settled . Further development of relations with the national guarantee associations will be built on the basis of open competitive procedures”.

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