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The Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports was opened for signature at Bangkok on 7 and 8 November 2013 and entered into force on 23 April 2016. As of 1 February 2020, 14 ESCAP member States are Parties to the Agreement. The Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports is aimed at promoting and developing dry ports of international importance as one of the means to establish an international integrated intermodal transport and logistics system within Asia as well as between Asia and its neighbouring regions. The Agreement provides a uniform definition of a dry port of international importance, identifies the network of existing and potential dry ports of importance for international transport operations and offers guiding principles for their development and operation. Annex I to the Agreement contains a list of existing or potential dry ports in ESCAP member States which should be brought into conformity with the guiding principles for the development and operation of dry ports as per Annex II to the same Agreement.

The certified true copies of the Agreement in Chinese, English and Russian languages are available at the United Nations Treaty Collection website.

Consolidated text of the Agreement as of 11 February 2022. (link to Chinese, English and Russian versions is on the left of this webpage)

Note: This informal document in three official languages of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports is prepared by the ESCAP secretariat for information and ease of reference by member States and does not constitute a certified true copy of the Agreement. It incorporates amendments to the Agreement that have been adopted by its Parties at the meetings of the Working Group on Dry Ports and entered into force up to 11 February 2022. Only the Secretary-General, or the Office of Legal Affairs on his behalf, can issue certified true copies of an Agreement deposited with him.

Status of signatories/parties

Latest status of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports

Becoming a Party to the Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports

  • signatory States may become Parties through ratification, acceptance or approval
  • non-signatory States may become Parties through accession

Model Instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, and reservation and declaration may be downloaded from the United Nations Treaty Collection website.