Intermodality as within OTIF

Bern, 29/08/2013
The Secretary General, François Davenne
Intermodality development :
OTIF‘s added value
The Organisation
•The Convention on international carriage by
rail offers all interested nations and regional
organisations for economic integration a
“neutral” legal framework.
•Intermodal features within CIM/CIV/RID
•Common approaches ease co-operation and
facilitate operations
•The development of a “law interface”
•A framework that offers legal and
geographical flexibility
The Organisation – The Tasks
- CIM/CIV/CUV/CUI : Developing private law that helps to
define liability regimes and contracts with CIT, UIP,
- ATMF/PTU :Ensuring technical compatibility for rolling
stock with CER, EU, ERA and UIC
- RID department: coordinating regulations on the
international carriage of dangerous goods EU, OSJD and
=> a coordination and interfacing role
OTIF in international law
European Union:
- Technical rules for
interoperability and
-Internal regulation of
transport contracts
- Implementation of
liberal regulations for the
rail market.
Regulations on international
rail transport
- Technical rules for
-Regulation of transport
- No prerequisite for
regulating the rail market.
- Technical rules for
interoperability and
-Internal regulation of
conditions of transport
-Administrative regulation
of the rail market.
Intermodality as within OTIF :
CIM lines in Baltic sea
Intermodality within OTIF :
CIM lines in Mediterranean sea
Intermodality within OTIF :
CIV lines in Baltic sea
Intermodality within OTIF :
CIV lines in Mediterranean sea
The EU’s accession to COTIF
• The EU’s accession to COTIF in July 2011 is an opportunity to develop
uniform railway law
• EU
and OTIF have a complementary approach
COTIF CIM and CIV are based on a contractual philosophy
EU law is by nature public law
With regard to technical regulation, OTIF has a bridging role, in
order to ensure interoperability on the largest possible scale
=> Development of OTIF relies on a consensus based approach
Foster industry developpement
• Developing application of CIM and compatibility with OSJD rules
will contribute to developing freight traffic, in particular by
incorporating part of 1520 technical regulations
• Secure railway investment by giving technical regulations a
wider scope
• Uniform maintenance and approval procedures will facilitate the
development of industry
• Help the development of IT standards
=> Obtain input from our contracting states to
improve regulations and develop technical standards
Rail facilitation :
An intermodal corridor approach
• Involvement of OTIF in the UNECE process for unified railway law:
• There is a need for general transport contracts (GTC)
• Interoperability issues must be addressed.
• A business oriented strategy involving our member states in
partnership with EU, CIT and UIC:
• Identify tests on freight corridors: Asia/Middle East/EuroMediterranean area
• Review deficiencies and opportunity for development.
=> The rail facilitation process could foster the development
of intermodal corridors with legal and technical
Developing international regulations for railways
Intergovernmental Organisation
for international Carriage
by Rail

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