The International East-West Transport Corridor Association (EWTCA), together with the U.S. Department of Justice Programme ICITAP, organised the final round-table discussion before starting pilot project “Freight Transportation with GPS/GSM Applications”. The event was organised in premises of ICC Lithuania on 16th September, 2013

The aim of the Project is to give recommendations to business organisations and national authorities on application of innovations in organising the control of border crossing procedures.  At the same time the efforts will be taken to identify cross-border bottlenecks, and to compare the duration of border crossing procedures between different countries and with respect to different transport modes. The focus will be given to the Baltic-Black Sea transport links.

GPS/GSM tracking device enables online monitoring of goods transportation, and accumulation of the statistical data. These devices are permanently installed in railway, road transport and sea containers. They also perform the function of lock (seal) corresponding to the requirements of institutions responsible for goods transportation. The device has identification number; it registers the exact time of door lock/unlock and other relevant parameters. GPS/GSM applications are commercial property, whereas customs and other public institutions are provided with the measures allowing to monitor (from distance) goods movement and lock action (unlocked/locked).

Various international actors of the goods supply chain have been provided with a possibility to participate in the survey, namely: freight forwarders, exporters/importers, carriers and institutions monitoring movement of goods (e.g. customs).

The purchase of GPS/GSM applications  (4 units) is financed by ICITAP. Today, during the round-table discussion the equipment has been handed over to the EWTCA free of charge.  In its turn EWTCA Secretariat has already selected the key participants of the pilot project and has committed to coordinate the survey and outcome integration processes.

The anticipated survey outcomes:

·         Statistical data on the delayed goods, their movement via the international transport corridors and the identified problems;

·         Comparison of the border crossing time spent for transportation of goods by different transport modes (e.g. railway and road transport);

·         Recommendations on improvement of border –crossing precedures.

Survey results will be analysed and discussed in separate stages within the project implementation period (upon completion of the project – during public discussions and workshops in the international area which will be attended by the representatives of business organisations and scientific institutions.