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IRU’s New Euroasian Land Transport Initiative (NELTI)

IRU’s New Euroasian Land Transport Initiative (NELTI)The NELTI Project is another stage in the IRU's activities for development of Euro-Asian transport communications following a series of successful demonstration road transport caravans undertaken in 2002-2007 (Lisbon-Vladivostok, Beijing-Brussels, and Black Sea Ring Caravan). The project's main goal is setting the stage for launching regular commercial freight haulage by road transport from China's border to end consumers in Western and Central Europe. In the course of the first stage of the project, one of the objectives, along with solution of commercial and political tasks, was also building up and adjusting mechanisms of logistic support and stimulating haulage, in the longer run, of Chinese freights by road transport routes along the historic Great Silk Road.

Concept of Phase Two of the NELTI Project

The results of Phase One of the NELTI Project will be used to prepare a Road Map for development of Euro-Asian road transport communications. The Road Map is intended to envisage bilateral, regional and multilateral measures for development of road transport communications between Asia and Europe. Its practical implementation, with due account for the results already achieved, the information resource now available, and political support enlisted, may serve as the basis for launching NELTI Phase Two.
Within the framework of Phase Two of NELTI, the development of the system of regular road transport haulage between Asian and European countries should be continued, with China involved in this system; and measures should be enforced in accordance with the provisions of Memorandums of Understanding and regional agreements aimed to further the development of Euro-Asian transport communications, remove the barriers therein, simplify the border crossing procedures, harmonize the legal provisions in the transit countries, etc.

Main Directions in the Implementation of NELTI Phase Two

Road Map - Planning and Coordination

  • organising activities to fulfill the Road Map recommendations in the countries along the Great Silk Road, including preparation in collaboration with IRU member associations of national action plans for implementation of the Road Map; setting up interdepartmental working (expert) groups with participation by representatives of government agencies and the business community; and assisting in organization and conduct of these groups' meetings;
  • arranging consultations and round table conferences on development of Euro-Asian road transport haulage, harmonization of the legal systems, and simplification of border crossing procedures with participation by IRU executives; 

Transport/Transit facilitation
At the multilateral level:

  • promoting the NELTI conclusions and recommendations within the framework of the Almaty UN Action Program for expansion of transit carriages in land-locked countries and transit countries;
  • integrating the NELTI results in the Joint UNECE-UNESCAP Project for development of Euro-Asian transport communications (its second stage is in operation in 2008-2011); stepping up cooperation with the UNECE and UNESCAP; and expanding participation by transit countries in the multilateral system of UN agreements and conventions, 

At regional levels:

  • drawing up action plans for fulfillment of memorandums of understanding that the IRU signed with international organisations and regional economic integration structures (ECO, EurAsEC, GUAM);
  • drawing up a Program for development of international road transport haulage in the GUAM member states and presenting it at the GUAM summit meeting (July 2009);
  • developing and putting into operation (in collaboration with the ADB) a system of global monitoring of the road situation along NELTI's main routes (on the basis of the UNESCAP methodology); preparing a final report to be presented at the IRU's 6th Euro-Asian Road Transport Conference and Ministerial Meeting (June 2011);
  • holding consultations with participation by representatives of the PRC, Kyrgyz Republic and Republic of Uzbekistan with the aim to launch in 2009 regular freight haulage along the Kashgar-Osh-Andizhan route within the mandate for implementation of the Trilateral Intergovernmental Agreement signed in 1998;

At the bilateral level

  • preparing action plans for implementation of memorandums of understanding that the IRU signed with the Kyrgyz Republic and Republic of Uzbekistan;
  • drawing up and signing similar MoUs with other countries along the Great Silk Road, given their interest in this.

Information / Monitoring

  • Developing further the web site, including creation of new sections on the implementation of the Road Map, Action Plans for implementation of memorandums of understanding, expansion of information on practical matters for the companies engaged in freight haulage between Asia and Europe, and also analyses and information on economic aspects of Euro-Asian haulage, etc.
  • carrying out, in collaboration with the ADB within the CAREC, the Global Monitoring Plan that covers 12 countries along the Great Silk Road (from Georgia, Turkey and Russia in the west to China's eastern provinces);
  • carrying out, in collaboration with the EurAsEC, an analytical study of the freight flows between Asia and Europe;
  • holding talks on implementation of a pilot project for introduction of a system of preliminary electronic declaration of freights (TIR-EPD) in the countries of the NELTI Central Route, with a view to possible expansion of this system to other routes;

Business support / promotion

  • furthering implementation of investment projects along the routes of the Great Silk Road;
  • working for further development of road transport haulage between Europe and Asia in the Caspian region and the Caucasus with the use of ferry crossings over the Caspian and Black Seas (ensuring non-discriminatory access for road transport carriers to ferry crossings, promotion of simplification of the customs and border crossing procedures;  

Proposed schedules for implementation of NELTI Phase Two

The implementation of Phase Two of the NELTI Project is expected to take 18 to 24 months starting from the summer of 2009. After Phase Two ends, a new final report should be prepared in collaboration with the ADB. The report should be presented as a basic document at the IRU's Sixth Euro-Asian Road Transport Conference and Ministerial Meeting (June 2011).




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