IRU joins forces with China

CNC
Added On May 18, 2017

The International Road Transport Union, or IRU, has signed agreements with Chinese authorities, which aim to unleash the potential in the Chinese international road transport industry.

To explain more, IRU leaders sat down with CNC, and predicted a bright future for the cooperation.

SOUNDBITE: UMBERTO DE PRETTO, IRU Secretary General
"Trade is dependent on transport. Transport is dependent on trade. So the more trade we have, the more we need such facilitation instruments. And the Belt and Road Initiative is all about how to enhance trade, how to enhance unimpeded trade and to do this, by road, the first instrument we need to put in place is the TIR convention."

According to the agreements, Chinese authorities would work together with the IRU to promote the application of the International Road Transports (TIR) in China.

The TIR system is an international customs transit system to help save time and money for transport operators and customs authorities when moving goods across borders.

SOUNDBITE(English): QU PENGCHENG, IRU Regional Office for East&South East Asia
"The main feature of the TIR system is to allow freight truck to be checked by customs at the point of departure rather than at the border crossing point. As you may imagine, there are a lot of freight trucks to be checked by customs authorities at the borders sometimes there will be a long queue which will take many days. And for the TIR system, trucks can be check by the point of departure and the point of arrival rather at the border crossing point, so as to save transport time up to 40% and the transport cost up to 30%."

The TIR convention has 70 contracting parties, most of which are along the Belt and Road routes.

SOUNDBITE: UMBERTO DE PRETTO, IRU Secretary General
"It allows trade to happen seamlessly,  it allows all the impediments we see in borders normally to be removed. it does allow a track of goods from the origin destination without all the red taping it normally face at the customs border."

The agreements look to harmonize legal and regulatory frameworks for trade and transport, and to boost connectivity and unimpeded trade.

SOUNDBITE: UMBERTO DE PRETTO, IRU Secretary General
"What it does is to harmonize these policies, so that no matter which country you go to, which border you cross, it's the same policy being implemented. The TIR system makes it a harmonized system for all, so customs knows what to do, and business community knows what it has to do."