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Guidelines for Minimum Standards and Codes of Professional Conduct for Freight Forwarders, Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers and Multimodal Transport Operators

The operational capacities of logistics service providers have a direct impact on logistics performance in a country. Freight forwarders, multimodal transport operators and logistics service providers in ESCAP region are often small in size and the industry is fragmented. To enhance the professionalism and competitiveness of logistics service, it is important to discuss, among other things, the establishment of minimum standards and codes of conduct in the industry.

The publication of the guidelines for minimum standards and codes of conduct for freight forwarders, multimodal transport operators and logistics service providers was mandated by ESCAP member States, as indicated in the Regional Action Programme for Transport Development in Asia and the Pacific, phase I (2007-2011), and Bangkok Declaration on Transport Development in Asia.

The purpose of the Guidelines is to provide governments and industry of member countries with a tool for formulating, reviewing and revising relevant regulations in order to enhance the professionalism and competitiveness of freight forwarders, non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and multimodal transport operators (MTOs) in the ESCAP region.

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UNESCAP Asian Highway (AH) and Trans Asian Railway (TAR)

In 1992, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) initiated the Asian Land Transport Infrastructure Development (ALTID) project with the aim of improving and expanding transport
and communications links within the region, as well as with other regions.

The ALTID project is comprised of the Asian Highway (AH) , the Trans-Asian Railway (TAR), and the facilitation of land transport.

Official website of UNESCAP (Transport Division): http://www.unescap.org/ttdw/