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    CLDP to assist the Government of Iraq with Accession to the TIR Convention

    CLDP to assist the Government of Iraq with Accession to the TIR Convention

    May 2, 2017 - May 4, 2017

    The Government of Iraq (GoI) Council of Ministers Secretariat has advised the Iraqi Parliament to ratify the Convention on the International Transport of Good under Cover of TIR Carnets (the TIR Convention).

    The TIR Convention, as described by the UNECE, “facilitates the movement of goods across as many borders as necessary with limited intervention by Customs authorities at intermediate borders.

    To this end, operators use a commonly accepted Customs transit document – the TIR Carnet – which also serves as a guarantee for the Customs duties and taxes.” The United States is a party to the Convention, and has recently promulgated regulations to implement it.

    If the GoI is to accede, the Convention will open up new opportunities in regional trade as well as U.S.-Iraq bilateral trade through international, intermodal transport routes.

    On May 2-4, in cooperation with the International Road Union (IRU)--the organization that administers the operation of the Convention—and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, CLDP will hold a National Conference in Erbil, Iraq, for public and private sector stakeholders.

    The conference will assist the GoI in raising awareness as to the benefits of Iraq’s accession to the TIR Convention, and developing a National Action Plan for implementation of the Convention.


    CLDP: Established in 1992, CLDP is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce that helps achieve U.S. foreign policy goals in developing and post-conflict countries through commercial legal reforms. CLDP’s unique, government-to-government technical assistance draws upon highly-experienced regulators, judges, policymakers, business leaders and attorneys from both the public and private sectors to deliver results that make meaningful and lasting changes to the legal and business environments of our host countries.

    TIR CONVENTION: The Convention on International Transport of Goods Under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) is a multilateral treaty that was concluded at Geneva on 14 November 1975 to simplify and harmonise the administrative formalities of international road transport. (TIR stands for "Transports Internationaux Routiers" or "International Road Transports".) The 1975 convention replaced the TIR Convention of 1959, which itself replaced the 1949 TIR Agreement between a number of European countries.[2] The conventions were adopted under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). As of January 2017, there are 70 parties to the Convention, including 69 states and the European Union.

    IRU (INTERNATIONAL ROAD UNION): IRU is the world’s road transport organisation.
    We lead solutions to help the world move better, supporting trade, economic growth, jobs, safety, the environment and communities.
    IRU’s work spans more than 100 countries. Our core constituents are national transport associations and transport operators. But we also work closely with business, governments, the UN and international organisations. At the heart of IRU are millions of journeys across the planet every day: people and goods moving to where they need to be, in buses, coaches, taxis or trucks, for all, or even just a small part, of their journey.

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