Uzbekistan to introduce electronic books of cargo transportation
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) – In recent years, Uzbekistan has become a key driver in facilitating transit, stimulating trade in the region and beyond. This was stated by the Secretary General of the International Road Transport Union, Umberto de Pretto, during a video conference with the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Farhod Arziev.
At the meeting, it was noted that, despite the problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, for 6 months of this year, Uzbekistan increased the volume of use of goods transport books (TIR Carnet) by 32% compared to the same period last year. According to the results of 2019, the growth of this indicator was 46% compared to the previous year.
Pretto expressed his gratitude to the Government of Uzbekistan for supporting the digitalization of the international road transport system (eTIR) within the framework of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, including for its active participation in the adoption of Appendix 11 to the TIR Customs Convention of 1975 at the beginning of this year.
The Uzbek side reiterated its interest in deepening close cooperation with the IRU, expanding the geography of the republic’s participation in international transport corridors. It is noted that the creation of a paperless carrier for the transportation of goods will significantly simplify the work of both customs authorities and carriers, speed up and increase its security due to the availability of a reliable international electronic database that operates in real time.
Based on the results of the video conference, the participants outlined measures to minimize the negative consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for the supply chains of goods and the implementation of eTIR pilot shipments.
Leading representatives of the IRU, the Ministry of Transport, the State Customs Committee and the Association of International Road Carriers of Uzbekistan also took part in the event with reports and presentations.