Saudi Customs and SATA Sign Agreement to activate the Kingdom's Accession to the TIR Convention
His Excellency Mr. Ahmed bin Abdulaziz AlHakbani, Governor of Saudi Customs, signed an agreement to activate the accession of Saudi Arabia to the “Transports Internationaux Routiers” TIR Convention, the only global customs transit system, on Wednesday, the 3rd October 2018 at Saudi Customs headquarters The agreement was signed with the Saudi Automobile & Touring Association (SATA), the official representative of The International Road Transport Union (IRU) in the Kingdom, and the guarantor responsible for the issuance of TIR carnets. His Excellency stated that joining TIR, facilitates global trade and international transit while ensuring secure movement of goods between TIR Members. This system offers unified and simplified customs procedures for efficient border crossing operations and reduced delays. He also noted that this international guarantee system ensures the sustainability of international trade between countries in terms of port control and tracking which directly contributes to the development of the road transport sector and transit operations. All of these benefits will work in favour of positioning of the Kingdom as a global logistics hub linking Asia, Africa and Europe, which is a key pillar the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. HE Added, that Saudi Customs is adopting the global systems and world-class standards to help improve and simplify legislations to boost International trade and transport and the TIR Convention, is a key facilitator of this vision. By signing this agreement, SATA provides a guarantee for all legal responsibilities related to the operations covered by the TIR carnets issued by it and by other foreign associations affiliated with the IRU, in addition to other obligations that will be offered by SATA in this framework. The Kingdom has recently acceded to the International Road Transports Convention TIR following the decision of the Council of Ministers No. 384 dated 3 April 2018, which was ratified by the Royal Decree No. M / 71 and the deposit of the instrument of accession to the United Nations to join the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the list of States parties of the Convention, which includes 74 States. The Kingdom's accession to TIR is of great importance to the region's economy due to its strategic location linking the GCC with the wider Middle East region. The agreement covers EU countries, the Middle and North Africa, the Near East region, as well as the United States, Canada, Chile and Uruguay from Latin American countries.