5th Edition Global Rail Freight Conference

RotterdamThe Netherlands

Category: rail freight

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 ›

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 ›

EU-warning: rail freight still not on the right track

Despite the European Commission’s objective of shifting freight from road to rail, rail’s share of EU freight has actually declined slightly since 2011, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Rail is more environmentally friendly and uses less imported oil, says the report. But it is failing to respond to the… Read more ›