With the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and in cooperation with Pakistani TCS Logistics, in late April and early May, the first pilot flight on the route Pakistan – Afghanistan – Uzbekistan was made under the Customs Convention on the International Carriage of Goods (TIR).
On April 29, a pilot shipment of herbal medicines departed from Karachi. In 5 days, the Karachi-Kabul-Termez route was overcome and on May 4, the cargo arrived in Tashkent.
As noted on the website of the US Embassy in the Republic of Uzbekistan, the flight was the first of five planned test flights in the countries of Central Asia through Afghanistan and China. The pilot project aims to test the viability of various international transit routes to Central Asia and beyond under the TIR Convention and to identify operational and logistical problems encountered during the trip.
On May 9, with the participation of the Uzbek transport company “ Asad Trans Logistik ”, the return transportation of cargo to Pakistan was organized. Leather raw materials were sent from Bishkek to Tashkent and then transferred to a TCS Logistics truck. In 48 hours, the truck covered the distance from Tashkent to the Afghan-Pakistani border to the Torkham checkpoint. Thus, the return route Uzbekistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan also covered Kyrgyzstan, where the total amount of time for transportation took 3 days.
In his Twitter account, Pakistani Prime Minister’s advisor in trade Razak Dawoud said that this step – is the beginning of a new era, when the trucks on both sides will deliver commercial goods to the ports of Karachi and Gwadar, following the TIR Convention (TIR- Carnet).
For reference: The TIR Convention was signed in 1975 under the protection of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. The TIR Convention is widely used in the international carriage of goods in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and is increasingly being applied in Afghanistan and the countries of Central Asia. In February this year, a representative from Uzbekistan for the first time became a member of the Executive Council of the Customs Convention on the International Carriage of Goods for 2021 – 2022.
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