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Session of Working Party on Perishable Foodstuffs WP.11

On 14th - 17th October 2008 the 64th session of Working Party on Perishable Foodstuffs WP.11 of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Inland Transport Commission, took place in Geneva.
On 14th - 17th October 2008 the 64th session of Working Party on Perishable Foodstuffs WP.11 of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Inland Transport Commission, took place in Geneva. The main task of WP.11 is setting and updating of Agreement on the international carriage of perishable foodstuff and on the special equipment to be used for such carriage (ATP Agreement).

This agreement designates the list of foodstuffs to be transported and temperatures permitted for such carriage. Thereinafter it defines the practice of tests and temperature standards to be met by the transport equipment which shall be listed in particular classes. The agreement creates certification system for transport equipment and each signatory of the agreement shall recognize certificates issued by the authorized body.

The main guarantee of requirements performance of this Agreement in Slovakia is the Ministry of Transport, Posts and Telecommunications of Slovak Republic (MDPT SR). TSÚ Piešťany, š.p., is authorized by MDPT SR to perform certification, type approval, inspections and testing of insulated transport equipment and thermal devices.

42 delegates of 19 countries, as well as representatives of organizations Transfrigoroute International, CLCCR and IIR took part at the session. Slovak Republic was represented by Mr. Štefan Sabanoš of MDPT SR and Mr. Emanuel Godál of TSÚ Piešťany, š.p.

The main event was approval of new working and informatory documents regarding the ATP Agreement, technical requirements for transport equipment and certification and testing process as well. One of the most important measure to be approved was the new certificate sample with defined content, graphics work-out and effective safety details.

Energy saving and fuel economy has a markable influence to carriage of foodstuffs. New technologies and energy saving materials are supported, whereas the safety and quality of transported goods remains. In the connection, the energy labelling of air-conditioning units and insulated frames is in proposal, which shall be similar to system of household appliances labelling. An important apport to saving of transport costs is also the system of separated boxes with various inside temperature of transport equipment which enables transport of various types of goods with different transport temperature requirements. Testing methods to this tranport equipment will be prepared.

The ATP Handbook was approved at the session, which is a non-committal document including entire text of the ATP Agreement, particular annexes and explicative annotations and guidances to some articles. New approved check list supporting performance of inspections becomes a part of this Handbook. The check list was prepared and submitted by Slovak representatives.

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