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New Annex on road transport to the Harmonization Convention came into force

27 May 2008

On 20 May 2008, new Annex 8 to the International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods, 1982 (“Harmonization” Convention) came into force. This is the first time that an annex to the Harmonization Convention deals with a particular mode of transport, i.e. road transport, in recognition of the fact that the road transport industry should be considered as the main beneficiaries of the facilitation measures set out in the Convention.

New Annex 8 covers the following aspects:
- facilitation of visa procedures for professional drivers (Article 2);
- operational measures to speed-up border crossing procedures for goods, particularly for urgent consignments, such as live animals and perishable goods (Article 3);
- harmonized technical provisions relating to faster controls of road vehicles (technical inspections) and equipment used for transport of goods under controlled temperatures;
- standardized weighing operations and procedures to avoid, to the extent possible, repetitive weighing procedures at border crossings;
- minimum infrastructure requirements for efficient border crossing points;
- monitoring provisions facilitating appropriate implementation of the Annex in all Contracting Parties to the Convention.

The full text of the Harmonization Convention (E, F and R), including the new Annex 8, can be found under http://www.unece.org/trans/conventn/legalinst.html#customs.