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IRU Border Waiting Times Observatory (BWTO)

IRU Border Waiting Times Observatory (BWTO)

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This brochure tells you that all actors, authorities and businesses have a common interest to act and a role to play to further facilitate trade and road transport at border crossings and that they should work in public-private partnership to effectively achieve this objective. To help governments and national competent authorities in meeting their legal obligation of informing all parties concerned, including the fleet operators, the IRU has developed the IRU Border Waiting Times Observatory (BWTO), a state-of-the-art IRU web-based application which enables authorities to report on border waiting times, free of charge, anywhere in the world.

This brochure tells you that all actors, authorities and businesses have a common interest to act and a role to play to further facilitate trade and road transport at border crossings and that they should work in public-private partnership to effectively achieve this objective. To help governments and national competent authorities in meeting their legal obligation of informing all parties concerned, including the fleet operators, the IRU has developed the IRU Border Waiting Times Observatory (BWTO), a state-of-the-art IRU web-based application which enables authorities to report on border waiting times, free of charge, anywhere in the world.

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Published by: International Road Transport Union (IRU) on Jan 23, 2013
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IRU Border Waiting Times Observatory (BWTO)
 
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Border waiting times
Waiting at borders causes major
human suffering
for those in thequeues without access to even basic facilities, which is against humanrights. Furthermore, the resulting negative environmental impact, crimi-nality and the danger of spreading diseases are unbearable for the bor-der control staff, as well as for those living in the vicinity of the roadsleading to congested border crossing points.Waiting at borders also
costs billions
annually to the economy be-cause of expensive equipment like trucks idling in queues; transportstaff spending long hours and even days without any productive activity;cargo not moving, thus increasing the cost of those goods, not to men-tion lost business opportunities. All actors, authorities and businesses thus have a common interest toact and a role to play to further facilitate trade and road transport at bor-der crossings and should work in public-private partnership to effectivelyachieve this objective.In many parts of the world, borders remain a long-term reality. Authori-ties should, however, endeavour to reduce the scope of border controlsto the necessary minimum in accordance with their international obliga-tions (e.g. the UN Convention on frontier controls), in particular throughmoving export-import procedures from borders to departure-destinationpoints.

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