The current trends in the development of transport systems point to emerging opportunities for multimodal transport to become a key driver of sustainable development by allowing each mode to be played to its specific strengths, while complementing others in offering seamless transport solutions. Through multimodal transport, existing capacities and infrastructure can be used more effectively, serve more adequately the requirements of global supply chains and promote a better balance between modes
The need to develop up-to-date legal frameworks for international multimodal transport operations that would be instrumental in the efficient operation of dry ports and intermodal transport corridors in the region and beyond has been stressed by the by the Working Group on Dry Ports at its meetings in 2019 and 2021.
Against this background, under the project on development of multimodal legal frameworks in the Asia-Pacific region, the secretariat identified several options on how to approach the harmonization of the legal framework for multimodal transport, including:
- development of a new legal instrument on multimodal transport of a regional, sub-regional or transport corridor-specific scope
- development of a legal instrument of supplementary nature aimed at filling the gaps in the current legal framework
- preparation and subsequent dissemination of guidelines that could serve to harmonize the understanding and applications of certain related processes within national legal systems
- development of capacity building programmes to assist in achieving uniform application of existing contractual rules on multimodal transport.
Based on the recommendations of the experts from ESCAP member States at expert meetings held in August 2020 and in March 2021 and taking into account the results of the region-wide survey conducted in 2021, the secretariat started preparing, as an immediate output, of Guidelines that could serve to harmonize the key common provisions for multimodal transport within national legal systems.
The draft Guidelines have been presented and discussed at the Third Expert Meeting on Legal Frameworks for Multimodal Transport Operations in Asia and the Pacific, held on 2-3 March 2022.
The finalized Guideline for harmonized national legislation on multimodal transport with incorporation of comments received from ESCAP member States in March will be presented to the final Virtual Expert Meeting on Legal Frameworks for Multimodal Transport Operations in Asia and the Pacific which will be held on 15 June 2022.
The text of the Guideline will be made available at this webpage approximately two weeks before the meeting.
Besides that, the secretariat has now prepared a brief questionnaire to conduct a survey among ESCAP member States and their relevant stakeholders on further work on multimodal transport regulations at the ESCAP platform, with a view of designing potential follow-up projects and activities.
The survey is available under the following link: ESCAP Survey
Please feel free to fill out the survey at your earliest convenience, preferably before 5 June 2022, allowing the secretariat to prepare its summary before the Meeting and inform participants of its results.
The meeting will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into Chinese and Russian.
Should you require additional information, please contact Mr. Fedor Kormilitsyn at [email protected]