Physical Trade Infrastructure > United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Sub-programme on transport

The UNECE objective under the subprogramme on transport is to facilitate the international movement of persons and goods by inland transport modes, and to improve safety and security in the transport sector.

For more information: www.unece.org/trans/welcome.html

Transport of dangerous goods

Contact:

Olivier Kervella,
Chief,
Dangerous Goods and Special Cargoes Section

E-mail:olivier.kervella@unece.org

The UNECE provides secretariat services to the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. This Committee elaborates recommendations which are contained in two publications updated every two years: the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) (“Purple Book”) and the Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (“Orange Book”).

The GHS serves as a basis for harmonization of all national, regional and international legal instruments containing chemical classification and labelling requirements in different regulatory contexts (transport of dangerous goods; safe use of chemicals at work, consumer protection, environment protection, etc). Examples of such instruments are: in the European Union, Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures; in the United States of America, OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200); in Japan, national standard JIS Z 7253 on hazard communication on chemicals based on GHS labeling and safety data sheets.

The Orange Book contains the basic prescriptions for the safe carriage of dangerous goods by road, rail, inland waterways, sea, and air. They serve as the basis for the harmonization of the various legal instruments governing the transport of dangerous goods by different modes of transport, e.g. the IMO International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code and the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air. The UNECE itself ensures the effective implementation of the UN Recommendations by administering legal instruments governing the inland transport of dangerous goods, notably the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN), some of which, such as ADR, are opened to all UN member States and count parties outside the UNECE region.

To facilitate the operation and better implementation of these legal instruments in the region, workshops and seminars are organized by the UNECE, with the assistance of the Secretariat and national experts. Assistance is also provided outside the region with support of other regional commissions, UN departments or specialized agencies concerned with chemical or transport safety such as ESCAP, IAEA, ICAO, IMO, UNEP, ILO, WHO and UNITAR.

For more information: www.unece.org/trans/danger/danger.html

Harmonization of road vehicle regulations

Contact:

Juan Ramos Garcia, 
Chief,
Technology Section,

E-mail:
juan.ramos.garcia@unece.org

The UNECE develops new regional and global regulations, harmonizes existing regulations, and amends and updates current UNECE regulations in the field of road vehicle construction. The objective of these regulations is to provide procedures for establishing uniform prescriptions regarding new motor vehicles and equipment and for reciprocal acceptance of approvals issued under the respective regulations. Issues addressed relate to the active safety of vehicles (crash avoidance), passive safety of vehicles (crashworthiness), environmental and general safety, and special technical considerations. To facilitate the operation and better implementation of these regulations, workshops and seminars are organized by the UNECE, with the assistance of the Secretariat and national experts.

For more information: www.unece.org/trans/main/welcwp29.htm

Transport links projects

Contact:

Miodrag Pesut,
Chief,
Transport Facilitation and Economics Section

E-mail:Miodrag.pesut@unece.org

The Trans-European Motorway (TEM) and Railway (TER) and Euro-Asian Transport Links (EATL) projects are sub-regional cooperation frameworks for countries in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe that aim at developing coherent road, rail and intermodal transport infrastructure networks and enhancing transport facilitation. In the framework of the TEM and TER master plans, a consistent and realistic short, medium and long-term investment strategy for the development of road and rail networks in 21 participating countries has been developed on the basis of a methodology allowing evaluation and prioritization of infrastructure and investment needs. Similarly, in the framework of the EATL project, the UNECE and UNESCAP have developed methodologies and procedures providing for the identification of the main Euro-Asian land transport routes and the prioritization of projects along these routes. Numerous capacity building workshops and seminars are organized by the UNECE and UNESCAP to familiarize countries in the region with these methodologies and implementation procedures.

More information about these activities can be obtained from the following websites:

http://www.unece.org/trans/main/tem/tem.html

http://www.unece.org/trans/main/ter/ter.html

http://www.unece.org/trans/main/temtermp/news.html

http://www.unece.org/trans/main/eatl/intro.html

TIR customs transit and border crossing facilitation

Transport and border crossing facilitation is an important part of UNECE activities in the field of transport and is a key factor in trade facilitation. In this respect, the UNECE provides the following services:

  • Facilitates cooperation and coordination of b order control services;
  • Monitors the application of several international legal instruments in these areas, such as the TIR and the harmonization conventions;
  • Supports the simplification and standardization of customs transit procedures;
  • Facilitates the harmonization and reduction of formalities, as well as the reduction of the number and duration of border controls, both at national and international levels.

To facilitate the operation and better implementation of these legal instruments in the region, national and regional workshops and seminars are organized by the UNECE, with the assistance of the Secretariat and national experts.

For more information: www.unece.org/trans/bcf/welcome.html