4 December 2013

The Russian TIR guaranteeing association ASMAP (the Association of International Road Transport Carriers) has been told by the Federal Customs Service of Russia (FCS RF) that it is extending the agreement between the two until 1 July 2014.

The TIR Convention, which provides for a global customs transit system, cannot be applied in a territory which is not covered by a national guaranteeing association.

The Russian customs authorities had agreed to accept TIR documents at the country’s western borders, but only until 1 December 2013. That deadline has now been extended and the system should proceed in line with the requirements of the TIR Convention, at least for the next few months.

“Considering this very late announcement from the FCS RF and the lack of available details,” the IRU said, “practical problems are still likely to take place at some border-crossing points in Russia over the next few days.”

It promised to provide more information as soon as it becomes available.