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First shipment on TIR arrives in India from Afghan via Chabahar Port
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First shipment on TIR arrives in India from Afghan via Chabahar Port

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New Delhi, Mar 13 : The first shipment on ‘Transports Internationaux Routiers’ (TIR) from Afghanistan to India through Iran Chabahar Port arrived at the port of Nhava Sheva, Mumbai and Mundra on Wednesday.

India joined the TIR Convention (the United Nations Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets) on June 15, 2017. The convention allows goods to be outlined in a TIR carnet and sealed in load compartments. Customs verify the carnet and check the seals, with no need for physical checking of the contents, enabling shipments to pass through countries without being opened at borders.

Welcoming the arrival of the maiden shipment, Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) chairman Pranab Kumar Das said the TIR convention will help in fast and easy movement of goods across multiple countries under a common customs document and guarantee.

“Reciprocal recognition of customs controls is at the heart of the Convention. This enables a facilitative and non-intrusive environment for multi-modal transport of goods through several countries.

“The convention will help in boosting India’s exports and enable greater participation in the global value chains. We will leverage technology to make the movement more secure and facilitative.” he added.

FICCI has been appointed by the CBIC as National Issuing and Guaranteeing Association for its operation in India like ATA carnet. The system is managed worldwide by the International Road Transport Union (IRU), Geneva and overseen by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

More than 34,000 operators are authorized to use the TIR system and in 2017 around 1.2 million TIR Carnets were issued worldwide. Ultimately, the system facilitates and encourages international trade, and thereby provides many advantages and benefits to the national economy by simplifying the movement of national and international transport, giving access to over 62 TIR operational countries.UNI