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TIR and eTIR in the ESCAP region

UNECE, in collaboration with ESCAP, prepared a Policy Brief for the  2014 Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum held in Bangkok on 24-25 September 2014. The objective of this brief is to shed light on the current use and benefits of the TIR Convention in the ESCAP region and raise awareness about the computerization of the TIR procedure (eTIR project).

WP.30/GE.1 24th session

The Informal Ad hoc Expert Group on Conceptual and Technical Aspects of Computerization of the TIR Procedure (further referred to as “the Expert Group”) held its twenty-fourth session on 25 and 26 September 2014 in Antalya (Turkey), at the kind invitation of the Ministry of Customs and Trade of the Republic of Turkey.

The session was attended by experts from Czech Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Turkey. Experts representing the European Commission (EC) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) also attended the session.

GE.1 welcomed version 4.1a of the eTIR Reference Model and the new version of the XML schemas. It also welcomed the inclusion of tables cross referencing the description of all messages with the XML tags used in XML schemas. Moreover, GE.1 discussed a proposal by Turkey to make some data elements mandatory in the eTIR messages as well as technical details related to the metadata information that will accompany of all eTIR messages. It also considered the possible use of third party services for the mutual recognition of electronic signatures as well as which attributes are necessary for each of the core data types used in the eTIR messages.

Finally, GE.1 discussed a first draft of a document which summarises its activities and will support the eTIR Reference Model, when submitted to WP.30.

The documents discussed at the meeting are available HERE.
The presentations made at the sessions are available HERE.
The draft report of the meeting is available HERE.
Picture are available HERE.

WP.30/GE.1 23rd session

The Informal Ad hoc Expert Group on Conceptual and Technical Aspects of Computerization of the TIR Procedure (further referred to as “the Expert Group”) held its twenty-third session on 20 and 21 November 2013 in Brussels, at the kind invitation of the European Commission.

The session was attended by experts from Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Experts representing the European Commission (EC) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) also attended the session.

GE.1 welcomed version 4.0a of the eTIR Reference Model and the new version of the XML schemas. It noted that messages are now all aligned to the WCO data model and agreed the secretariat should include tables cross referencing the description of all messages with the XML tags used in XML schemas. While acknowledging it had, to a large extend, completed its mandate, GE.1 also discussed the last remaining steps ahead of it, including a possible need to revise some aspects related to eTIR electronic declarations.

The documents discussed at the meeting are available HERE.
The presentations made at the sessions are available HERE.
The report of the meeting is available HERE.

WP.30/GE.1 22nd session

The Informal Ad hoc Expert Group on Conceptual and Technical Aspects of Computerization of the TIR Procedure (GE.1) held its twenty second session on 30 and 31 May 2013 in Geneva.

The session was attended by experts from Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Turkey. Experts representing the European Commission (EC) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) also attended the session. 

GE.1 finalized its work on the introduction of international declaration mechanisms in the eTIR project and extensively discussed the results of the Cost Benefit Analysis, its summary and assessment in order to prepare recommendations.

The documents discussed at the meeting are available HERE.
The presentations made at the sessions are available HERE.
The report of the meeting is available in English, French and Russian.

WP.30/GE.1 21st session

The Informal Ad hoc Expert Group on Conceptual and Technical Aspects of Computerization of the TIR Procedure (GE.1) held its twenty first session on 25 and 26 September 2012 in Bratislava, at the kind invitation of the Slovak Customs administration. On behalf of the Financial Directorate of the Slovak Republic, Mr. Robert Nosian, Director Customs Section, delivered an introductory statement. With reference to the ninth session of GE.1, which took place in 2006, he welcomed participants once more to Bratislava. Pointing at the challenging issues on the agenda, he reconfirmed the importance attached by the Slovak Customs administration to the activities of GE.1, as well as expressing the general support by the Slovak authorities of the activities undertaken in the framework of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the eTIR Project in particular.

The session was attended by experts from Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Turkey. Experts representing the European Commission (EC) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) also attended the session.

The documents discussed at the meeting are available HERE.
The presentations made at the sessions are available HERE.
The report of the meeting is available HERE.

WP.30/GE.1 20th session

The Informal Ad hoc Expert Group on Conceptual and Technical Aspects of Computerization of the TIR Procedure (further referred to as “the Expert Group”) held its twentieth session on 19 and 20 April 2012 in Prague, at the kind invitation of the Czech Customs administration. In her opening statement Mrs. Vendulka Hola, Deputy Director General of Customs, confirmed the ongoing support of the Czech Customs authorities for the activities of UNECE in general and the eTIR Project in particular.

The session was attended by experts from Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey. Experts representing the European Commission (EC) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) also attended the session.

The documents discussed at the meeting are available HERE.
The presentations made at the sessions are available HERE.
The report of the meeting is available HERE.
Pictures are available HERE.

eTIR XML Schemas now available 

At the request of the GE.1, the secretariat published on the eTIR web site  the schemas of the eTIR XML messages described in document ECE/TRANS/WP.30/GE.1/2011/10.

WP.30/GE.1 19th session

 

The Informal Ad hoc Expert Group on Conceptual and Technical Aspects of Computerization of the TIR Procedure (GE.1) held its nineteenth session on 13 and 14 September 2011 in Belgrade at the kind invitation of the Serbian Customs administration.  In his opening speech, the Director General of the Serbian Customs Administration, Mr. Predrag Petronijević, highlighted the importance of the computerization of the TIR procedure to further secure and expedite international transport.

The session was attended by experts from Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Turkey as well as from the European Union (EU). Experts representing the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)/World Chambers Federation (WCF) and from the International Road Transport Union (IRU) also attended the session.

The 19th session in the news HERE.
The presentations made at the sessions are available HERE.
The report of the session is available HERE.

WP.30/GE.1 18th session

The Informal Ad hoc Expert Group on Conceptual and Technical Aspects of Computerization of the TIR Procedure (further referred to as “the Expert Group”) held its eighteenth session on 9 and 10 March 2011 in Geneva. The session was attended by experts from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey as well as from the European Union (EU). Experts from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) also attended the session.
The report of the session is contained in document ECE/TRANS/WP.30/GE.1/2011/6.
The presentations made at the sessions are available HERE

The Network of eTIR focal points and eTIR website (16 April 2010)

At its forty-second session, the TIRExB invited the secretariat to explore options how to organize the activities of the GE.1 at long distance by means of email exchange, which would mean that also representatives from Contracting Parties who were not able to attend the GE.1 sessions could participate in its work.

Consequently, the secretariat proposed the creation of a network of focal points for eTIR. At its 124th session, the Working Party supported the proposal to create a network of focal points for eTIR, which should also include representatives from Contracting Parties who are not able to attend the GE.1 sessions.

In order to further promote the eTIR project and to broaden the access to eTIR news, events and documentation, the secretariat also devised the present website.

WP.30/GE.1 17th session

The Informal Ad hoc Expert Group on Conceptual and Technical Aspects of Computerization of the TIR Procedure (GE.1) held its seventeenth session on 8–9 March 2010 in Helsinki at the kind invitation of the Finnish National Board of Customs. The session was attended by experts from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine as well as from the European Union (EU). An expert from the International Road Transport Union (IRU) also attended the session.
The report of the session is contained in document ECE/TRANS/WP.30/GE.1/2010/4.
The presentations made at the sessions are available HERE
More pictures are available HERE


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