However, for operators travelling abroad, an ATP certificate is almost always essential. The ATP (official agreement on the international transport of perishable goods and on the special equipment to be used for this transport) is a 1970 United Nations treaty establishing standards for the international transport of perishable goods between states that ratify the treaty. It has been updated several times by amendment and has 50 States Parties from 2016, mostly in Europe or Central Asia. It can be ratified by member states of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (EEC-UN) and which, in addition, participate in EEC-UN activities. “ATP” derives from the French name of the treaty: Agreement on international transport of perishables and special equipment for these transport. ATP is an agreement on the international transport of perishable goods and on the special equipment to be used for this transport. It is referred to as the ATP Agreement (according to its initials, perishable transport agreement) and was drawn up by the Internal Transport Committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Committee for Europe between 1970 and 1971. The ATP requires that certain types of equipment be used for the cross-border transport of perishable goods and that such equipment be regularly monitored. (For example, appliances must be cooled, heated or insulated.) The ATP applies to road and rail transport, but does not apply to transport within the borders of a single country.
The former states are Czechoslovakia, the GDR and Yugoslavia. Russia ratified the Soviet Union and Serbia as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Switzerland signed the agreement but did not ratify it. It is illegal to transport perishable goods across an international border between the countries that signed the agreement, unless the vehicle has an ATP certificate. Adam Sparger, Deputy Director of Transportation Services Division firstname.lastname@example.org 202-205-8701 If you do, you could be arrested, returned and even risk a significant fine! The Agreement on International Transport of Perishable Foods and Special Equipment to Use for This Transport (ATP) regulates the fresh transport of frozen food and chilled meats, poultry, dairy products, fish, seafood and freshly cut plant products, particularly between European ATP countries.