United Nations accepts Pakistan’s Instrument of Accession to Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods

Islamabad, August 10, 2015 (PPI-OT): The United Nations has accepted Pakistan’s Instrument of Accession to the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods (TIR Convention). The Convention will enter into force for Pakistan on 21st January 2016. Accession to TIR Convention will greatly facilitate Pakistan’s trade with Afghanistan, Central Asian and ECO countries and even Europe.

TIR Convention provides that goods would be accompanied by an internationally accepted Customs document (TIR Carnet), opened in the country of departure and serving as a Customs control document in the countries of departure, transit and destination. Goods would travel in Customs secure vehicles or containers and throughout the journey, duties and taxes at risk would be covered by an internationally valid guarantee. Customs control measures taken in the country of departure would be accepted by all countries of transit and destination.

With the increased focus on regional trade and connectivity with Afghanistan, Central Asia and ECO, implementation of different transit trade agreements / treaties including TIR has become crucial. All ECO countries, except Pakistan, had acceded to TIR Convention. This Convention will facilitate free movement of all goods/carried within the ECO countries under ECO Transit Transport Framework Agreement (TTFA).

Minister for Commerce Engr. Khurram Dastagir Khan has said that accession to TIR Convention is a great step in trade facilitation as accession to TIR Convention has been under consideration of Government of Pakistan for last 13 years. Ministry of Commerce has held multiple rounds of consultations with the stakeholders. Following detailed deliberations, all the concerned Ministries expressed their support for Pakistan’s accession to the TIR Convention.

TIR Convention is a legal framework for traffic-in-transit of goods across borders among the contracting parties without involving payment of Customs duties and taxes. United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) introduced the TIR Convention in 1975 that came into force in 1978. International Road Transport Union (IRU), Geneva is responsible for implementing the Convention. As many as 68 states and the European Union are parties to the Convention.

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