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REGIONAL TIR SEMINAR

Amman - Jordan
31 October - 1 November 2000

 


          Recommendation adopted by the Regional TIR Seminar


          The TIR Convention and its Customs Transit Regime

          Objectives of the Seminar

          Organization

          Participation

          Participating TIR Experts

          Programme summary

          Date and Venue

          Information

          Contacts


The TIR Convention and its Customs Transit Regime

The TIR Convention of 1975, a treaty administered by the United Nations and open for accession by all of its member States, allows the international transport of goods in Customs sealed road vehicles from Customs offices in a country of departure to Customs offices in a country of destination, transiting through as many countries as necessary, without physical frontier control of the goods in transit and without deposit of Customs security.

These facilities to international transport and trade do not jeopardize national Customs control over import, export and transit procedures. Customs duties and taxes at risk in TIR transit are always guaranteed by an international TIR insurance system supervised by an inter-governmental organ, the TIR Executive Board, representing the States which are Contracting Parties to the TIR Convention.

Today 63 States are Parties to the TIR Convention and in more than 40 of these States the TIR Customs transit procedure is regularly used. Around 2.5 Million TIR Customs transit operations are carried out every year.

In the ESCWA region Jordan, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic and Kuwait have already ratified the TIR Convention and other countries are considering their accession.

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Objectives of the Seminar

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 particularly focus 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 TIR Executive Board (TIRExB)). The Seminar will also allow for an open discussion and exchange of views on the present situation with regard to Customs transit in the region and on the possible application of the TIR regime.

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Organization

The Seminar is organized by the TIR Executive Board (TIRExB) and its TIR secretariat, in close co-operation with the United Nations Economic Commissions for Europe (UN/ECE) and Western Asia (UN/ESCWA) and the Customs Department of the Ministry of Finance of Jordan.

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Participation

Participation at the Seminar is free of charge for registered participants (please use attached registration form). Participants however are expected to cover their own travel costs, accommodation and other personal expenses. The Seminar is intended for senior Government officials responsible for Customs and trade policies as well as Customs transit procedures. It is also open to representatives of the private sector involved in international road transport, freight forwarding and Customs procedures. Governments and non-governmental organizations of the following countries have been invited to attend: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

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Participating TIR Experts

The Seminar will be addressed by high-level officials and experts from the Ministries of Finance (Customs authorities) of France, Germany and Italy, the TIR secretariat, the UN/ECE and UN/ESCWA as well as by representatives of the International Road Transport Union (IRU).

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Programme Summary

31 October 2000

- Customs transit procedures: Experiences made in the region and in Europe
- The legal framework of the universal TIR Convention
- Introduction to the TIR Customs transit procedure
- Legal, administrative and technical requirements at the national level: TIR Carnet; International guarantee system; Customs secure vehicles; Mutual recognition of Customs controls; Controlled access
- The role and responsibilities of national Customs authorities in the TIR procedure

- The role and responsibilities of the private sector in the TIR procedure - The roles and responsibilities of international organs: TIR Administrative Committee, TIR Executive Board (TIRExB); TIR secretariat, International Road Transport Union (IRU) - Advantages of the TIR procedure for Customs authorities and the transport sector 1 November 2000

- Procedures for accession to and implementation of the TIR Convention - Role of the TIR procedure for the evelopment of international transport and trade - Application of the TIR procedure in the region and introduction of the necessary legal, administrative and technical procedures: Discussion among participants from Customs authorities and the private sector with international Customs and transport industry experts - Recommendations of the Seminar and possible follow-up activities

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Date and Venue

The Seminar will be held on 31 October and 1 November 2000 at the Hotel Inter-Continental in Amman (Jordan). Hotel reservations should be made using the attached Hotel reservation form in order to profit from special rates (US$ 96 single room, US$105 double room, inclusive of buffet breakfast, 10% service charge and 13% sales tax).

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The detailed programme of the Seminar as well as further information on the TIR Convention and the TIR Customs transit procedure are available on the Internet (http://www.unece.org/tir/welcome.html) or can be obtained contacting the TIR secretariat which can also provide, upon request, a limited number of hard copies of the TIR Handbook (English; Arabic (under preparation)

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Contacts

Should you need any further information on the TIR Seminar in Riga, please contact the TIR secretariat:

Tel:  +41-22-917-2433 or +41-22-917-1531 
Fax:  +41-22-9170039 or +41-22-9170614;
E-mail:  tirexb@unece.org
Postal address: UNECE TIR secretariat, Office 410, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10.

Relevant information is also available on the TIR web site (http://www.unece.org/tir/welcome.html).

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