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United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Non-Physical Obstacles and Security Risks to Transit Transport Structure of the Presentation Overview of non-physical obstacles and security risks to international transport

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United Nations Economic Commission for Europe(UNECE)

Non-Physical Obstacles and

Security Risks to Transit Transport

UNECE Transport Division


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Structure of the Presentation

  • Overview of non-physical obstacles and security risks to international transport

  • Addressing obstacles and security risks to international transport

  • The findings of the TEM and TER Master Plan Conclusions

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Non-Physical Obstacles and Security Risks to International Transport (1)

  • Long procedures and controls (delays, costs)

  • Arbitrary, discriminatory and non cost-related transit taxes (deterrent for development of transport and trade, particularly for inexpensive commodities and landlocked countries)

  • Heterogeneous transport regulations(road traffic rules, road signs, driving permits, etc.)

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Non-Physical Obstacles and Security Risks to International Transport (2)

  • Security risks:

  • Theft of vehicles, Attacks to drivers

  • Attacks to key infrastructures

  • Theft of dangerous substances

  • Organized crime, International terrorism

  • Illegal traffic of persons and/or goods

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Addressing Non-Physical Obstacles, Security Risks to international transport

  • UNECE Agreements & Conventions facilitate transport while providing safety and security

  • Legally binding

  • Elaborated by consensus

  • Follow well-established UN legal procedures

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Addressing Non-Physical Obstacles, Security Risks to international transport

To remove non-physical obstacles while providing security at borders:

  • TIR Convention, of 1975

  • Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods

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Addressing Non-Physical Obstacles, Security Risks to international transport

To harmonize road traffic and improve safety:

  • Conventions on Road Traffic and on Road Signs and Signals, of 1968

  • Work of Crews of Vehicles engaged in International Road Transport (AETR)

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Addressing Non-Physical Obstacles, Security Risks to international transport

For safety and security rules for the transport of dangerous goods:

  • Agreement on the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR)

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Findings of the TEM&TER Master Plan international transport

  • Separate examination for TEM and TER networks

  • Inventory of border crossing points (1st Step)

  • Identification of border problems (2nd Step)

  • Separation of problems origins (3rd Step)

  • Recommendations (4th Step)

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TEM Border Crossing Issues. international transportInventory by origin (1)

Infrastructure

  • Unsuitable and insufficient capacity of border posts

  • Obsolete and poor quality facilities

  • Inadaquate equipment

  • No separate lanes for transit traffic and empty vehicles

  • Under-sized access roads to border posts and insufficient parking space at borders

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TEM Border Crossing Issues. international transportInventory by origin (2)

Procedures (1)

  • Long and often over-complex procedures

  • Insufficient computerization of control procedures

  • Systematic control of all vehicles instead of risk

    management based techniques

  • Complex and often contentious procedures for weighing

  • Absence of non-stop veterinary and phytosanitary controls

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TEM Border Crossing Issues. international transportInventory by origin (3)

Procedures (2)

  • Additional controls of doubtful necessity, such as radioactivity controls at some borders

  • Lack of coordination between customs administrations of adjacent countries, insufficient exchange of information

  • Insufficient cooperation between national authorities responsible for controls

  • Non-compliance with TIR procedures

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TEM Border Crossing Issues. international transportInventory by origin (4)

Procedures (3)

  • Failure to provide information to professionals-private sector

  • Changes without notice of the procedures used

  • Compulsory convoys of vehicles

  • Imposition of compulsory pay services using "commercial" structures established at border crossing points

  • Proliferation of taxes, duties and fees

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TEM Border Crossing Issues. international transportInventory by origin (5)

Staff

  • Shortage of control personnel

  • Low productivity

  • Non-continuous working hours

  • Lack of skills and training

  • Lack of continuity in the management of controls due to a high level of staff rotation at all levels

  • Inappropriate behavior of some officials

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TEM Border Crossing international transportRecommendations for Improvement (1)

General remarks

  • Simplification and harmonization - main target

  • Focus in the implementation of UNECE agreements

  • Anticipation of future growth in trade flows, investing in advance in improved infrastructure, procedures and training

  • Close cooperation of governments to reduce border crossing problems, which are barriers to development

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TEM Border Crossing international transportRecommendations for Improvement (2)

Infrastructure

  • Improving facilities at borders

  • Providing a sufficient number of queues and windows

  • Improving access to border crossings by widening roads

    and creating additional lanes

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TEM Border Crossing international transportRecommendations for Improvement (3)

Procedures (1)

  • Introducing common customs posts and controls carried

    out jointly

  • Transferring of control procedures to sites inside the country (especially for transit) or at the place of destination

  • Introducing new, simplified control procedures

  • Complying strictly with the provisions of the TIR Convention

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TEM Border Crossing international transportRecommendations for Improvement (4)

Procedures (2)

  • Simplification and harmonization of weighing procedures

  • Improving coordination between customs authorities of neighboring countries

  • Creating cooperation between national administrations

  • Simplifying and, if possible, reducing of taxes, fees and duties charged at border crossings

  • Facilitating the issuance of visas to professional drivers

  • Improving communication with the private sector

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TEM Border Crossing international transportRecommendations for Improvement (5)

Staff

  • Increasing the number of personnel

  • Failing 24/24 opening, alignment of border post opening times

  • Training of control personnel

  • Motivating of control officials

  • Fighting against corruption

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TER Border Crossing Problems (1) international transport

Introduction

The work is based:

- In the results of the permanent monitoring system developed under TER in the last 4 years

- In follow up of developments and progress achieved in facilitation of rail border control in CEE

- In close cooperation with UIC and the EC-Justice and Internal Affairs

- In country inputs

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TER Border Crossing Problems (2) international transport

  • Lack of adequate technology for the handling trains at the border (disposition of locomotives-late arrival of staff-Insufficient coordination and management)

  • Inadequate cooperation among those involved

  • Lack or insufficient rules on relations between railway administrations and other institutions involved

  • Insufficient information on flows and transmission of data

  • Delays in completing the documents

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TER Border Crossing Problems (3) international transport

  • Lack of adequate technology for the handling trains at the border (disposition of locomotives-late arrival of staff-Insufficient coordination and management)

  • Inadequate cooperation among those involved

  • Lack or insufficient rules on relations between railway administrations and other institutions involved

  • Insufficient information on flows and transmission of data

  • Delays in completing the documents

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TER Border Recommendations (1) international transport

  • Establishment of Railway Working Groups on a bilateral and/or multilateral basis

  • Better communication among those involved

  • Adoption and implement the best practices developed in the field

  • Border control procedures should be organized during the running train

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TER Border Recommendations (2) international transport

  • Transfer of non-railway procedures, including customs formalities to origin and destination stations

  • For combined transport, transfer of all customs and border control operations, including veterinary or phytosanitary at the loading and unloading points

  • Improvement of technical facilities on border points

  • Introduction of performance indicators to monitor future progress on border crossing

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Conclusions (1) international transport

  • Non-physical obstacles and security risks to transit transport are challenging the economic development of Euro-Asian countries

  • Implementation of internationally agreed measures and close cooperation among countries is needed

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Conclusions (2) international transport

  • UNECE legal instruments are the tools to address some of these problems

  • The TEM and TER work could be used as a starting point for further actions

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Thank you international transport

www.unece.org/trans

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