Freight traffic

There are two main strands to the CIT’s work to support the freight business:

  • to implement the legislation applicable and in particular the CIM Uniform Rules;
  • to simplify and standardise the working relationships between transport undertakings and between them and their customers.

The CIT produces various reference documents to support this work: agreements , basic contractual documents , manuals and forms .

CIT members’ address book


CIM working bodies

CIT freight documentation is approved by the CIM Committee which is currently composed of the following undertakings: BDZ, ČD Cargo, CFF/SBB Cargo, CFL, CFL Cargo, CFR MARFA, DB Cargp AG DE, DB Schenker Rail NL, EWSI, Green Cargo, HŽ Cargo, LG, PKP Cargo, RCA, RCH, RENFE, SNCB, SNCF GEODIS, SŽ, TCDD, TRAINOSE, Trenitalia, VDV, ŽS, ŽSSK Cargo.

Recommendations for the decisions by the committee are made by the CIM Working Group together with small groups of experts:


CIM/SMGS groups

Documents drawn up jointly with the OSJD are produced by groups involved with the project to make the CIM and SMGS interoperable:


Guideline CMR-CIM-SMGS

Guideline CMR-CIM-SMGS [PDF]

Date April 2017

The CIT and IRU developed a Guideline on the CMR-CIM-SMGS liability regimes. The aim is to publish a comparison between international rail (COTIF/CIM and SMGS) and international road transport law (CMR).

The particular added value of this comparison of legal regimes is that it includes, for the first time, both the CIM and the SMGS provisions, and the comparison extends in geographical terms beyond the scope of COTIF/CIM to that of the SMGS.