General context of the business activity

The main objectives of UIC Freight Department are:

  • Increase revenues of UIC members by improving the competitiveness of international products and services;
  • Reduce UIC member costs by harmonising international business, operational and information processes;
  • Develop freight corridors and reinforce confidence of customers in rail;
  • Reinforcing UIC’s position as the major facili­tator and neutral manager of multilateral cooperation in non-competitive areas among UIC members;
  • Organising knowledge transfer among mem­bers and from other industries with benchmarking, workshops, conferences;
  • Establishing permanent links with strategic partners in the supply chain (intermodal operators, freight forwarders).

Despite the continuous economic uncertainty, rail’s situation is getting better in some areas, clocking up market shares of 40% and more (that is the case in China, India, Australia, South Africa and the United States). In USA and Russia the all amount of transported goods is above pre-crisis levels. Further growth in rail freight will however depend on the ability of companies to continue to invest in infrastructure and to increase their efficiency and to provide optimum responses to their customers’ requirements: through the quality, simplicity and transparency of their services, pricing (in particular in international traffic), information systems harnessing the potential of electronic commerce and development of partnerships between operators and customers for special transport operations.

Achievements to be highlighted

  • Global Rail Freight Conference
  • Benchmarking heavy and long trains

Publication

  • Market Intelligence 2012, Report on Combined Transport

Key challenges facing this business

Interoperability and cooperation:
intramodal in terms of technology / administration / law / operations
but also intermodal connectivity
Productivity: train length and weight, capacity utilisation
Integration with customers and information transparency

Reference to how the business is organised

  • Freight Forum and its study groups (Operation, Quality, IT, Wagon Users, Combined Traffic) working on many permanent issues and projects.
  • The Global Team of Experts has been reorganised to develop intercontinental corridors and increase rail traffic between continents.
  • Market-oriented issues are discussed between the railways and freight forwarders in the UIC-FIATA Permanent Contact Group.

Freight Forum

The overall objectives of the Freight Forum, as set by its members, are to:

  • Contribute towards improving members’ revenues and the competitiveness of their international products and services
  • Reduce members’ costs by harmonising international business, operational and information processes
  • Be the major facilitator and neutral manager of multilateral cooperation among members through specific and targeted projects and activities
  • Organise knowledge transfer among members and from other sectors by setting benchmarks and organising workshops and conferences
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Overview of the Freight Forum (2015)

Chairperson: Reinhard Bamberger, Rail Cargo Austria

Meetings
Forum plenary meetings: 2 times a year
Steering Committee meetings: 4 times a year

Membership of the Forum
BC, B-Cargo, BDZ TP, BLS Cargo, CCTT, CD, CD Cargo, CFL Cargo, CFL Multimodal, CFR MARFA, CFS, CICF, CP, CR, DB AG, DBSR, EJR, EVR, EVR Cargo, EUROTUNNEL, FLOYD, FS, GC, GYSEV Cargo, GySEV/RoeEE, HSH, HZ, HZ Cargo, IR, KORAIL, KTZ, LDZ, LG, NIROO, NSB Cargonet, ÖBB Produktion, ONCF, OSE, OSJD, PKP Cargo, PLASKE JSC, RAI, RCA, RCH, RENFE, RZD, SBB Cargo, SNCB /NMBS, SNCB Logistics, SNCF, SNCFT, SR, SRO, SZ, TCDD, TRAINOSE, Transnet, Trenitalia, VR, VR Cargo, ZFBH, ZICG, ZRS, ZSSK Cargo

Other participants (outside UIC): CER and CIT

UIC Senior Advisor: Patrick Mantell

UIC Publications

 All free publications