TIR National Conference

The TIR National Conference conducted by the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA), Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and USAID –ATAR at the Kabul Star Hotel on 10th May, 2017.

In the National Conference on Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR), the representatives of the Afghan government, private sector and donor community participated at the Kabul Star Hotel.

The first such event dedicated to achieving the Afghan government’s goal of turning the country into a transit hub at the heart of Asia. The event was organized by the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) and Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) with the support of USAID’s Afghanistan Trade and Revenue (ATAR) Project.

President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani has made realizing the country’s transit potential a national priority. Representatives from MoTCA, ACCI, and the Afghanistan Customs Department spoke on efforts to leverage the country’s transit potential to boost trade and government revenue. A TIR handbook in Pashto and Dari for the drivers was also presented during the event.

“Activating and implementing the TIR Convention in Afghanistan is a national priority that will help to facilitate an acceleration in trade and transit,” said Afghanistan’s Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Dr. Mohammaddullah Batash. “With the use the TIR carnet, goods will no longer need to undergo complex customs procedures or be held up at the border.”

TIR is the world’s only universal transit system, allowing truck drivers to safely move goods across borders with minimal delay while saving much-needed time and money for customs authorities. Afghanistan became a member of the TIR Convention in 1975, but after decades of conflict, the country only reactivated TIR in 2013 and is now beginning to implement its procedures.”

“Transit of goods has long been a common practice between communities,” said ACCI’s commercial vice president Mr. Younas Mohmmand “With the TIR system and the use of the TIR Carnet, Afghan trucks will experience fewer transit delays and costs as result of minimum customs interference, as well as simplified and standardized controls and documentation. This encourages the development of international trade.”