The range of ADR is growing almost every year (figuratively speaking, because the provisions of the ADR are issued once every two years). It is true that on the cover so far (i.e. in 2020) we can read that this is an European agreement, but its scope has long been beyond the continent. It is quite well visible in the main graphic of this post, which presents the map of the countries that signed this agreement.
Update: The new ADR Agreement for 2021-2023 has already been issued and it is indeed not a European, but a International agreement.
The range of ADR – complete list of countries
The ADR agreement in force in 2019-2021 covers 52 countries. The current list is always published by the European Economic Commission (UNECE). In alphabetical order:
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
There are several typically Asian and African countries on the list above. In fact, Russia itself causes the range of ADR agreement to end where Alaska begins. The southernmost country on the list above is Nigeria. Interestingly, it is not adjacent to any country that would also decide to join ADR. Moreover, it is quite far away from most of the parties to the contract. Will it set a new trend among African countries? We will see. In any case, Nigeria’s accession to the ADR agreement may indicate that African countries will start to improve safety in road transport of dangerous goods and will do so on the basis of the ADR agreement.
Is the ADR agreement still European?
The full name of the ADR agreement in French informs us that it is a European agreement ( L ‘ A ccord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises D angereuses par R oute ). Therefore, taking into account the fact that more and more countries from outside Europe will ratify this agreement, it should be expected that in the coming years the name may be changed by removing the adjective “European”. The current status shows that only slightly more than 13% of the countries from the above list are from outside Europe. This means that nearly 90% of the remaining ones are European countries. However, this does not change the fact that the scope of this agreement has long since reached beyond Europe.
It is also worth noting that such a large popularization of the ADR agreement in Europe (far beyond, for example, the European Union) is a great help for a huge number of entrepreneurs. Of course, the rules on the transport of dangerous goods are still not 100% harmonized for all these countries. The ADR agreement leaves room for the internal regulations of each country. An example of such a provision may be the Polish requirement to indicate on the consignment note not only the sender and recipient of dangerous goods, but also their owner (art. 13 Ustawa o przewozie towarów niebezpiecznych):
“The participant in the transport of dangerous goods is obliged to include, in the required documents referred to in the Act and in ADR, RID or ADN , respectively, the name and address of the entity whose property, at the time of handing over to the person carrying out the transport of goods, is the dangerous goods.”
Przepis ten dotyczy oczywiście tylko sytuacji, w której przewóz zaczyna lub kończy się na terytorium Polski.
What is the range of ADR trainings?
ADR qualifications are valid in all ADR countries. Therefore, there are no obstacles for an entrepreneur operating outside Poland to use the services of an ADR advisor operating in Poland. Consulting is a service that can be provided remotely very efficiently. It is precisely the means of contact such as telephone calls or e-mails that allow the adviser to react quickly in various situations. The same goes for drivers’ permissions. Those are valid in all countries where the ADR Agreement is covered.
There is also a great advantage to this – the cost. Advisors operating in countries such as Germany, France or Great Britain have higher costs, and therefore the prices of their services are also higher. By running a company abroad and using the services of an ADR advisor from Poland, the company gains savings in the form of lower prices for services. The services themselves, of course, are of full value. As an ADR advisor, I am happy to cooperate with entrepreneurs operating also outside Poland. Let’s talk about what I can do for your business.
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