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SUB-REGIONAL TIR SEMINAR

                                                                                 Beijing - China
                                                                            22 - 23 September 2005


           Sub-regional TIR Seminar in Beijing on 22 and 23 September 2005

          Participation

          Programme

          Seminar Registration

          Date and Venue

          Visa support

          Information


Sub-regional TIR Seminar in Beijing on 22 and 23 September 2005

The Seminar is organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in close co-operation and the Ministry of Communications of the Peoples Republic of China.

The Seminar will provide detailed information on the functioning of the TIR Customs transit regime, its advantages for Customs authorities and international transport and trade in the region. The Seminar will also inform about the status of transit transport in the participating countries. The Seminar will inform participants on the roles and responsibilities of the various actors involved in TIR Customs transit operations (Governments, transport operators, national associations, insurance companies, the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the TIR Administrative Committee and the TIRExB). The major part of the Seminar will be dedicated to an open discussion and exchange of views on the present situation with regard to Customs transit in the region and on the application of the TIR procedure in particular.

The Seminar will be addressed by officials and experts from the UNESCAP, the UNECE TIR secretariat and the International Road Transport Union (IRU).

Chinese, English and Russian will be the working languages of the Seminar. Full simultaneous interpretation into/from these languages will be provided.

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Participation

Participation at the Seminar is free of charge for accepted participants. The Seminar is intended for the Government officials and the private sector from China, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The Seminar is also open to representatives of the neighbouring countries of the afore-mentioned countries. Please complete the attached nomination form if you are interested in participating in the Seminar.

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Programme

Attached please find a Tentative programme of the Seminar. Each participant will receive a free copy of the latest edition of the TIR Handbook. At the end of the Seminar, certificates of attendance will be distributed to all participants. Chinese, English and Russian will be the working languages. Full simultaneous interpretation into/from these languages will be provided.

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Seminar Registration

Participation in the Seminar is free of charge for registered participants. Participants are however expected to cover their own travel costs, accommodation and other personal expenses. Each participant at the Seminar must register with the UNESCAP prior to the Seminar using a copy of the attached Seminar Nomination Form. Participants are advised to return this form as soon as possible.

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Date and Venue

The Seminar will be held on 22 and 23 September 2005 at the Jianguo Garden Hotel in Beijing, China. Seminar registration should be made using the attached Seminar registration form. With regard to hotel facilities, participants can consult the following web site: http://www.jianguogardenhotel.com.

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Visa Support

Participants who need visas to enter into China are invited to provide their passport particulars to the Transport and Tourism Division, UNESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand, Fax: 662-2806042; email: liy@un.org.

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Information

The details of the Seminar can be obtained from the Internet (http://www.unescap.org/ttdw/, or http://tir.unece.org). Further information on the TIR Convention and the TIR Customs transit procedure are available on the Internet (http://tir.unece.org) or can be obtained by contacting the UNECE TIR secretariat. A limited number of hard and electronic (CD-ROM) copies of the TIR Handbook in Chinese, English and Russian will be distributed free of charge to participants at the Seminar.

For more information please contact:

Transport and Tourism Division, UNESCAP
UN Building, Rajadamnern Avenue
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Fax: +66-2-280 6042
Email: liy@un.org
Internet: http://www.unescap.org

UNECE TIR secretariat
Palais des Nations, Office 410
CH 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Fax: +41-22-917 0614/0039
E-mail:   tirexb@unece.org
Internet: http://tir.unece.org

Mr. Li Yuwei (English, Chinese) Tel: +66-2-288 1375
Mr. Artur Bouten (English, French) Tel: +41-22-917.2433
Mr. Konstantin Glukhenkiy (English, Russian) Tel: +41-22-917.1531

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