Wanted: A manifest for containers
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• A meeting representing governments, international agencies and other interested organizations, to draw up a container manifest which will meet the needs of carriers, users and customs authorities has been requested by the inland transport committee of the ECE. This committee of the European Economic Commission of the United Nations hopes to convene such a meeting before the end of the year.
An interworking arrangement between TIR (road) and TIF (rail) carnet systems is also sought. The committee adopted a resolution providing for an extension of the application of the TIR carnet to cover containers for transport by non-rail modes, and the extension of the rail TIF carnet to certain complementary journeys by road.
The committee also agreed that work on the preparation of a draft convention on Combined Transport Control should be pursued, and asked the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Unidroit) to arrange a meeting.
Other subjects on which the ECE committee adopted working programmes are: transport of dangerous goods; customs clearance; perishable foodstuffs transport; unification of transport documents; track costs; urban and suburban travel; and various statistical and rail and waterway transport matters.