Information published on 24 March 2009 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 135.

3rd International Rail Freight Conference (Prague, 4-6 March)

  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • Freight

The 3rd International Rail Freight Conference, organised by JERID Company and under the auspices of UIC (OSJD - Organisation for Cooperation of Railways and IBS - Community of European Rail Forwarders were also partners of the event) took place in Prague (Czech Republic) from 4 to 6 March. 150 participants, from over 20 different countries were present at the Conference.
The main topic of the Conference was the rail cargo transport between Asia and Europe.

UIC was represented by Mr Oliver Sellnick, Director of Railway Undertakings Department, who opened the conference and chaired the first two sections.
During the discussions moderated by Mr Oliver Sellnick, representatives from OSJD, FIATA, IBS and Ministry of the Railways of the Peoples Republic of China had their presentations.

Mr Sellnick presented the role of UIC in the process of corridors planning and how UIC can help its Members on the Asia – Europe corridors. Then Mr Stig Nerdal, Advisor of UIC Deputy CEO, had a speech related to the economical aspects of rail transport versus sea and road.

Representatives of both European and Asian railways and forward companies informed participants about their existing experience with the transcontinental transport as well as future projects they are currently working on.

The Conference met with a great success on the part of speakers as well as participants. All of them appreciated high expertness of presentations in the particular sessions and possibility to meet with top managers from line of business of railway freight transportation from many European and Asian countries.

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