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  cemafroid   Evolutions of the rules for carriage of perishable foodstuff : Returns on the update of the rules of the ATP  
 
 

The working group WP 11 of UNECE (Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations) is in charge to change the rules of the ATP Agreement, the Agreement on the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Special Equipment to be Used for such Carriage .

The 71st session of WP11 was held from 6 to 9 October 2015, at UN premises in Geneva, with Mr. T. Nobre (Portugal) as Chairman and Mr. E. Devin (France) and MK Putter (The Netherlands) as Vice-Presidents.

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21 countries of the 49 ATP signatory countries were present at the 71st WP11: (Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, USA, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey).

International organizations like IIR (International Institute of Refrigeration), Transfrigoroute International, CLCCR (The Liaison Committee of Bodybuilders and Trailer Builders) and CEN (European Committee for Standardization) were also represented at the meeting of WP11.

like every year, many discussions were held on the amendments proposed by each country in order to change the rules of this international agreement. Once again, it was France that proposed the most new amendments with 7 proposals.

Here are the main proposals to be accepted and integrated into the next version of ATP:

- Interpretation of external surface area measurement for panel vans : the aim is to ensure that measurements made on panel vans are consistent between different experts and testing stations, avoiding unrealistic test results. This would benefit manufacturers / body assemblers who would be reassured that the precise K value is not dependent on which test station or which expert conducts the test.

- Updating the model minutes test of refrigeration units: 6-year validity date was added to the model test report to clarify the provisions of the ATP.

- ATP renewal tests at six and nine years for dependent equipment, the refrigeration unit of which is powered by the engine of the vehicle: the French proposal was approved by the WP11. These tests are used in France since 2002. If maintenance of equipment has not been properly carried out before the test, 20-30% of equipment will not pass the test. After proper maintenance, less than 3% of the equipment fail the test. The test results clearly show the advantage of the tests for vehicle performance. Maintenance reduces the environmental impact of vehicles, their energy consumption and C02 emissions.

The minutes of the November 2015 edition of the WP11 is available in English on the website of the UNECE (www.unece.org). A report in French is available on the platform http://datafrig.cemafroid.fr.

 
 
     
 
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