Transport of Perishable Foodstuffs

The work of UNECE on the transport of perishable foodstuffs goes back to 1948 when, with the food shortages after the Second World War, it was decided to set up a Working Party to look into the nature and extent of international traffic in perishable foodstuffs, to ascertain operating difficulties and to study transport requirements for subsequent years. More...


17 May 2016
San Marino has acceded to the ATP. In accordance with Article 11 (2), the Agreement will enter into force for San Marino on 17 May 2017.

21 September 2015.
Depositary notification C.N.481.2015.TREATIES.XI.B.22 has been issued notifying an objection by Finland to the proposed amendment to annex 1, appendix 2, paragraph 3.2.6.

14 May 2015
Depositary notification C.N.298.2015.TREATIES.XI.B.22
, a communication has been received from Germany stating that although it intends to accept the proposals communicated by C.N.181.2015.TREATIES.XI.B.22, the conditions for such acceptance have not yet been fulfilled.

5 May 2015
Information received to date from ATP contracting parties
regarding the authority competent to sign multilateral agreements has been added to the website.

20 April 2015
Depositary notification C.N.253.2015.TREATIES.XI.B.22 has been issued notifying the acceptance of amendments to the ATP.

19 March 2015
Depositary notification C.N.181.2015.TREATIES.XI.B.22 has been issued notifying proposed amendments to the ATP adopted by WP.11 at its session in October 2014.

13 January 2015
Saudi Arabia has acceded to the ATP. In accordance with Article 11 (2), the Agreement will enter into force for Saudi Arabia on 13 January 2016.

2 December 2014
A letter has been sent to Ministers of Foreign Affairs of ATP contracting parties requesting the contact information for the authority competent to sign multilateral agreements (in accordance with article 7 of ATP).

Last depositary notifications concerning the ATP


Agreement on the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Special Equipment to be Used for Such Carriage (ATP)

The ATP establishes harmonized and improved technical conditions for the preservation of the quality of perishable foodstuffs during their carriage. These conditions concern mainly the temperature to be observed during the carriage and the equipment used for the carriage. The ATP establishes the appropriate temperatures under which the various types of perishable foodstuffs should be carried. It also lays down the requirements for the equipment, including its refrigerating capacity, insulating capacity and efficiency of thermal appliances as well as the methods and procedures for measuring and checking them.