Category: GRFC

Robert van der Waal, Director of Logistics Operations for Samsung – Business case for combining rail freight

More and more businesses are joining the NewWays community, which matches shippers from Southern Holland up with each other to create combined shipment journeys on European railways. This is a market-driven initiative where various shippers are pooling their cargo to transport it efficiently, and at lower rates, by rail. Robert van der Waal, Director of Logistics Operations… Read more ›

The Silk Road’s revival: the first freight train connecting China to Iran

Through the path of the ancient Silk Road, the first freight train connecting China to Iran arrived in the Iranian capital after traveling over 10,000 kilometers. In a sign of China’s increasing role in Central Asia and the Middle East, on 16 February a Chinese train arrived in Tehran after a 14-day journey. The freight train just used existing… Read more ›

The General Contract of Use for wagons – the most far reaching legal texts in the railway arena

The General Contract of Use (GCU) has been in force since July 1 2006, and governs international carriage of goods by rail – and by extension through the general term and conditions of railway undertakings, to national traffic as well. The GCU is a multilateral contract based on the international convention COTIF 1999 and Annex… Read more ›

Session 3 – Rail Freight 4.0: Innovation and digitalization for global solutions

What are the solutions for digitalization and innovation in rail freight? The third session of the UIC Global Rail Freight Conference will focus on the challenges of freight in the digital era. Being competitive in the rail freight business of the 21st Century implies adapting processes and rolling stock to the era of digitalization, innovation… Read more ›

Freight CEOs have set up a task-force to improve rail-freight competitiveness

One year ago, the freight CEOS of BLS, DBSR, Hungrail, MRCE, RCG, SBB, SNCF, TIC, TX Logistics, B-Logistics and VDV grounded a task force dedicated to give high level support to issues of key importance to the competitiveness of rail freight. The rail freight sector is facing many challenges, mainly concerning ETCS, cross-border interoperability, timetabling, vehicle authorisation,… Read more ›

Session 2 – Strategies to deliver opportunities and enhance effectiveness

The second session of the 5th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference will take place on Thursday, 23 June 2016. This panel will focus on the means to provide new opportunities and also increase the effectiveness of current freight business models.  The transport industry is a very competitive sector and rail freight is facing many challenges. In order to secure… Read more ›

Session 1 – From Shanghai to Rotterdam: the landbridge concept 10 years ongoing

On 22 June, the 5th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference will start with the first of four high-level sessions. Under the concept of ‘Shaping together the business of the future’, business professionals representing the entire transport chain will engage in a concrete discussion on the positioning of rail freight as a sustainable and competitive solution in a… Read more ›

Live demo – European information portal on last-mile infrastructure for rail freight

The structure of the European rail freight market has profoundly changed over the past decades and road competition is further increasing. This situation is particularly challenging for last-mile operations. An easy and quick access to information about last-mile infrastructure for rail freight – specifically on rail freight access points – would improve service planning, particularly across… Read more ›

Opportunities for Rail Freight between Europe and Asia

Almost half a million TEU or standard containers could already be transported on the railways between Europe and Asia. How is rail positioning itself in that market? How can the corridor concept boost business initiatives? Come and engage in discussions with high level panellists from the entire transport chain at UIC’s Global Rail Freight Conference… Read more ›

Global Logistics stakeholders to meet at 5th UIC GRFC Conference

All Rail Freight and Global Logistics stakeholders to meet on 22 and 23 June in Rotterdam for the 5th UIC GRFC Conference theme: ‘Shaping Together the Business of the Future’ The 5th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference, organised by UIC with the support of Europoint under the patronage of the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and… Read more ›