Digital visas for professional drivers: IRU calls on G7 ministers to issue transport document
To ease global supply chains and boost trade, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) is calling on G7 countries to prioritise the digitalisation of transport documents in four key areas: visas for professional drivers, consignment notes, transport permits and customs documentation.
Meeting yesterday in Dusseldorf, Germany, G7 digital affairs and transport ministers discussed digitalisation and trade facilitation.
The pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and driver shortages are stretching global supply chains, lost shipping containers, congested ports, delays at borders, and an increase in transport prices. All are causing supply chains to slow, and in some cases to stop completely.
Digitalising transport documents in these four key areas will ease supply chain problems for the global economy, boosting trade facilitation and transport performance and helping deliver the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
According to IRU, solutions for digitalising these transport documents, including UN Conventions, are in place and need to be put into operation in many countries.
„G7 governments should take a leadership role by making a joint public commitment to implement international standards and processes in these four areas, thereby also influencing their trading partners to act in the short term,” stresses the organisation.