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100th session


100th session of WP.30 held in Geneva (12-15 February 2001)

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The 100th session of the UNECE Working Party on Customs Questions affecting Transport (WP.30) was convened from 12 to 15 February 2001in Geneva under the chairmanship of Mr. F. Paroissin (France). The report of this meeting will be posted on this web site within the next few days (English only). The French and the Russian versions will follow.
On the occasion of the 100th session of the Working Party, several delegations and the UNECE secretariat addressed the meeting and reflected on the past achievements of the Working Party since its inception in 1948. These included the preparation and administration of numerous internationally applied border crossing facilitation Conventions, focusing on Customs issues, such as the TIR Convention, the Conventions on the Temporary Importation of Road Vehicles (1954 and 1956) and the International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods. Future challenges to be addressed by the Working Party would include the adaptation of its work and procedures to the changing geo-political environment in the UNECE region, including the accession process of several Central European countries to the European Union. Future areas of work could include the facilitation of Customs procedures for international rail transport on a pan-European level, focusing on Customs transit procedures, and the finalization of new annexes to the "Harmonization" Convention, addressing in an integrated and comprehensive manner border crossing facilitation measures for road and rail transport and computerization of the TIR procedure.