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FCS RF extends illegal and unfounded TIR restrictions to Ural Customs region


25 Sep 2013


Regional Policy
Trade & Society

Further to the information dated 13 September, the IRU was informed that the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (FCS RF) has extended the scope of its illegal restriction on TIR guarantees to the Ural Customs region, defying the UN’s conclusion that this action is in breach of the TIR Convention and hence international law.  

These unilateral restrictions will notably impact the Chelyabinsk, Khanty-Mamsyisk, Koltsovo, Magnitogorsk, Tyumen, Uralskaya Operatyvnaya, Yamalo-Nenets and Yekaterinburg regional customs offices. Although the exact scope of these FCS RF measures is not yet known, Customs offices concerned are likely to illegally refuse to proceed with TIR operations in the absence of additional guarantees.

The IRU therefore strongly advises all transport operators driving to, from and across Russia, to use the IRU Recommendations for TIR Carnet Holders, in case TIR Carnets are illegally refused by some Russian Customs officers.

The IRU hotline is available to respond to enquiries.

  • Download IRU Recommendations for TIR Carnet Holders: EN ¦ RU
  • Contact the IRU hotline: + 41 22 918 20 58 (English, French and Russian) or by email