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Legal expertise
for the benefit of the railways


The first document produced by the CIT in the domain of multimodality in passenger transport is a comparative analysis of air and rail law. It is intended for use by CIT members, primarily as a reference document when preparing cooperation agreements with air carriers


Comparative-Matrix Air-Rail
Aug. 1, 2017


This analysis compares the international legal framework for air and rail passenger traffic.

Applicable with effect from 1 August 2017 / Edition 28 July 2017

59 pages

Guideline CMR-CIM-SMGS
April 1, 2017

Guideline comparing the legal regimes CMR - COTIF/CIM-SMGS

Edition April 2017
70 pages

Guideline comparing the legal regimes
April 5, 2022


This Guideline gives the CIT shipping companies members in its multimodal framework a good legal basis for increased cooperation with the rail carriers members on the base of a through contract for carriage of goods in accordance with Article 1 §§ 3-4 CIM.

Edition 1 February 2022

82 pages

GTC Rail-Sea traffic
Jan. 1, 2015

General Terms and Conditions Applying to Joint-contracting for Rail-Sea Freight Traffic (GTC Rail-Sea traffic)


The GTC Rail-Sea traffic govern the contractual relationships between several carriers for a carriage including a maritime section.

Applicable with effect from 1 January 2015 / Edition 1st January 2015

12 pages

Boilerplate Rail-Sea Traffic Contract
July 1, 2016

Boilerplate Contract for the Carriage of International Freight Traffic by Rail and Sea (Boiler plate Rail-Sea Traffic Contract)

Boilerplate contract governing the contractual relationships between a contractual carrier and a shipping undertaking.

Applicable with effect from 1 July 2016 / Edition 1st July 2016

6 pages

Sub-contracting CT
July 1, 2014

Boiler-plate contract for sub-contracting international freight traffic by rail in full train loads of combined traffic (Boiler-plate contract for sub-contracting combined traffic)

Boiler-plate contract governing the contractual relationships between carriers and substitute carriers for the movement of combined traffic.

Applicable with effect from 1 June 2007/Edition 1 July 2014

5 pages

June 29, 2020

Older versions can be obtained from the CIT General Secretariat.