BOFIT Viikkokatsaus / BOFIT Weekly Review 2015/25

​Goods shipments under the TIR treaty (Transports Internationaux Routiers or International Road Transport) enjoy expedited treatment at border crossings. The use of TIR carnets has been at risk to ending in Russia for nearly two years. During this period, Russian customs has ceased to recognise the TIR system at nearly all border-crossing points due to a dispute over customs payments with Russia’s national carrier organisation ASMAP, which guarantees TIR shipments. After a court decision, the government’s intervention and finally president Putin’s decree issued this spring, Russian customs announced last week that they had reached a deal with ASMAP on resuming the use of TIR carnets. Russia is now also in compliance with the Eurasian Economic Union’s common practices approved at the end of last month.

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