Connecting people
and places

In 2021, IRU focused on what the road transport industry does best: connecting societies with safe, efficient and green mobility and logistics.

After the chaos and uncertainty of 2020, where road transport played such a key role in delivering through the darkest days of the pandemic, 2021 saw hints of normality returning to both IRU and the road transport sector.

In 2021, our union grew ever stronger. We welcomed 13 new members, many large multinational corporations, who share our vision

Radu Dinescu

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Our vision

In 2021, IRU focused on what the road transport industry does best: connecting societies with safe, efficient and green mobility and logistics.


Safety is our highest priority. People are at the heart of our industry, and making commercial road transport safe for our passengers, drivers, workers and all others on the road is the foundation for everything that we do.

We contributed to upgraded UN standards on vehicle safety innovation, automated vehicles and advanced emergency breaking systems.
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We assessed new training options for drivers with the UN’s ADR Convention on transporting dangerous goods.
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We launched a new RoadMasters app to easily access real-time safety performance metrics.
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We issued 25,354 certificates through the IRU Academy.
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We accredited six new training institutes across Europe and Asia.
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We helped secure a EUR 250 million investment for safe and secure parking in the EU.
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Efficiency is instinctive to transport companies. Keeping road transport services running well means that mobility and logistics networks are stronger, advancing social harmony and economic prosperity.

We lobbied governments to coordinate COVID measures and ease restrictions to keep supply chains moving.
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We brought WHO and ILO chiefs together for COVID crisis talks on cross-border transport worker.
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We activated major new TIR and digital TIR corridors linking Central Asia, Eurasia and the Middle East, demonstrating huge time savings.
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We continued to push digital tools such as eCMR and helped expand the BSEC permit system.
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We released our annual driver shortage survey to drive action on fixing the problem.
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We helped enforce new EU social rules for drivers under the Mobility Package 1, successfully pushing for European Commission clarifications.
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Green transport has been on our agenda for decades. Moving people and their goods sustainably and in harmony with our natural environment guides our work in making commercial road mobility and logistics even greener.

We launched the IRU Green Compact to make commercial road transport carbon neutral.
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We ran a dialogue with climate leaders from the UN, the EU and the industry on road transport decarbonisation
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We responded to the EU’s Fit for 55 proposals and debated them at the annual IRU EU Conference.
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We set and monitored data collection guidelines for the EU-funded H2Haul project to test the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell trucks in four countries.
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We briefed Mexico’s National Council on Fuel Efficiency on global decarbonisation initiative.
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We awarded Eurasia’s best transport operators for excellence in economic performance, corporate social responsibility and the environment.
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A global

IRU brings together business, partnering with those who regulate, serve and use our industry, to deliver our vision.

We are the trusted voice for the industry, steering the agenda with global advocacy.

We facilitate transport, especially for cross-border services and keeping trade moving with TIR.

We champion excellence, with a focus on training, certification and standards.

We provide intelligence, information and foresight into the future of the industry.

We bring our members, regulators and the industry together at events through the year.

We deliver our global mission with, and for, our membership.


Steering the agenda

IRU advances the interests of the commercial road transport sector, working closely with members, as well as governments, regulators and international organisations.

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Keeping trade moving

IRU runs the TIR system in more than 60 countries worldwide, lowering transport costs and making trade more secure and efficient.

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Certification and standards

Championing professionnal excellence

IRU’s certification and standards team drives professional excellence in road transport with innovative solutions to help companies recruit, retain and manage the human capital they need to strive.

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Foresight on the future

Advanced research, partners and grassroots knowledge allow IRU to provide unique business and market intelligence on the road transport sector.

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Bringing the industry together

IRU is a global community of road transport professionals, helping members access and network with companies, authorities and organisations in more than 120 countries.

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Welcome to the team

We welcomed 13 new members into the IRU family in 2021, bringing the total to 166 members in 77 countries.

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around the world

With more than 170 members on six continents, and active partners and relationships in over 120 countries, IRU’s reach and work spans seven strategic regions.

Black Sea
West and Central Asia
European Union
Middle East


Working with members in North and South America, IRU works on trade and cross-border transportation issues, supporting in addition the long-term use of TIR in southern Latin America.

Black Sea

Centred on the countries of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation organisation (BSEC), IRU supports members, governments and regional organisations on trade and transport issues.


IRU works closely with Chinese transport and customs authorities and its members, representing transport operators and shippers, on cross-border logistics and mobility issues.


IRU’s work on commercial road transport in Eurasia covers member associations and regional intergovernmental organisations across 13 countries.

European Union

EU institutions in Brussels are the centre of IRU’s work across the European Union, covering a wide range of passenger and goods transport advocacy, and EU-funded research projects.

Middle East

work in the Middle East spans North Africa across to the Gulf Cooperation Council, with a focus on trade and TIR in the region, and passenger transport in key countries.

West and Central Asia

IRU’s work in this region spans the ten nations of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), from Turkey, Iran and Pakistan north-eastwards to Kazakhstan.


Driving forward

Our vision to connect societies with safe, efficient and green mobility and logistics is driving IRU forward to better serve our industry, and those our industry serves.

Our industry has never been more important. Road transport connects more people and more places than any other mode of transport.

With our advocacy, transport and transit facilitation, and certification and standards work; with our market intelligence services and platforms to bring the industry and its partners together; and with our growing global membership, IRU will drive our industry forward – for the industry, and for all whom we serve in connecting societies with safe, efficient and green mobility and logistics.

Umberto de Pretto
Secretary General

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Our members

IRU serves, represents, defends and works with our members every day. Our members are national and regional passenger and goods transport associations and leading multinational companies in mobility and logistics from all corners of the world. They are at the heart of everything we do.


166 members

77 countries

30% mobility

70% logistics