ATP AGREEMENT

ATP AGREEMENT – SCOPE OF THE ATP AGREEMENT

The Agreement on the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Special Equipment to be Used for Such Carriage was concluded in Geneva on 1st September 1970 and came into force on 21st November 1976.

Since it came into force, the agreement and its annexes have been regularly amended and supplemented by the Working Party (WP.11) of the Inland Transport Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe.

TERRITORIAL APPLICABILITY

The ATP is an agreement between states and there is no common enforcement authority. In practice, road checks are performed by the contracting parties and no disputes may arise from legal sanctions by national bodies against offenders breaching national regulations. The ATP itself does not stipulate any sanctions. As of the publication of this text, contracting states include: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Montenegro, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, the Netherlands, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Hungary, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Morocco, Moldavia, Monaco, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Greece, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, Tunisia, the Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The ATP applies to transport that takes place on the territory of at least two of the above listed contracting states. In addition, many countries have adopted the ATP as the basis of their national regulations.

ADDITIONAL PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Any questions regarding the application of the ATP must be directed to the relevant authority. Additional information can also be obtained from the web pages of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, Transport Division, on the following link: http://www.unece.org/trans/main/welcwp11.html

The information is regularly updated and includes:

  • Status of the ATP
  • Depository notifications (e.g. new contracting parties, changes or amendments of legal texts)
  • Publication information (amendments, publication of new changes)
  • A list and details of delegated authorities and ATP Test Stations.

Full text of the agreement 

is available on the website of the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic:http://www.mdcr.cz/cs/Silnicni_doprava/Nakladni_doprava/atp/

The text includes the agreement itself and its annexes with the latest amendments valid as of 2nd January 2011.