The IRU calls on the European Commission to ease congestion at the Ukrainian border

November 25, 2022

The IRU and its affiliates from Ukraine and seven neighboring countries have asked the European Commission to give priority to TIR trucks in order to relieve long queues at the border and boost goods transport flows between Ukraine and the EU.

Truck queues at the borders between Ukraine and neighboring European countries regularly exceed 40 km.

Aside from putting immense pressure on drivers, who can be stranded for days, often without basic facilities, and overwhelmed border and customs staff, the congestion severely limits the flow of cross-border goods between Ukraine and the EU, particularly agricultural products.

The IRU and its national affiliates from Hungary, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine have written to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen asking for priority border crossing lanes for safe TIR trucks , entering the EU will be coordinated with Member States and set up as a matter of urgency.

IRU: Prioritize TIR traffic

TAIL Secretary General Umberto de Pretto said: “Prioritizing TIR traffic can increase the number of trucks that could transport cargo from Ukraine to the EU by two to three times. This would greatly improve the flow of goods between war-torn Ukraine and the rest of the EU, reducing the burden on overworked drivers and border and customs officials.”

TIR shipments are checked and sealed by customs at the point of departure and only checked again by customs at the final destination. Together with the pre-submitted electronic TIR and customs declaration information, TIR trucks can pass through the borders without additional controls, while improving risk and resource management by border authorities. TIR priority lanes should also manage sanitary, phytosanitary and other controls.

All EU Member States, as well as Ukraine, Moldova and other Balkan countries are contracting parties to the UN TIR Convention. Thousands of transport operators in these countries are authorized users of TIR and use the system on a daily basis, although there are currently no priority lanes for TIR trucks.

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