Information published on 15 September 2009 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 152.

Market Place Seminar – Rail Transport Connecting Continents

  • Freight

On October 22-23 UIC and FIATA’s second edition of the Market Place Seminar will take place. This time the seminar will take place in Istanbul and the focus is on “Rail Transport Connecting Continents”. This second edition follows on the success of last year’s seminar in Prague. UIC e-news interviewed Oliver Sellnick, UIC’s freight director, to find out the latest news on the event.

What is the Market Place Seminar?

The Market Place Seminar is a jointly organized event between UIC and FIATA (International Freight Forwarders’ Association) which aims to create opportunities for increased cooperation and business development within the rail sector by offering a common platform for railway undertakings, freight forwarders and customers.

What is the latest status of the event?

This year we have high profile speakers representing the whole railway industry. The development of the seminar has been excellent. In fact, we still have companies who approach us with the aim to get their companies name in the program. Furthermore, we have also a very effective co-operation with our co-organizers TCDD (Turkish Railways) and UTIKAD (Freight Forwarders & Logistics Service Providers Association in Turkey) which facilitate some of the local planning.

What is different to last year / What is new this year?

The concept is the same but this time we focus on a different market. Last year’s focus was on Central Eastern Europe and now we sharpen our attention on the corridor from South-Eastern Europe to the Middle East. It is obvious that this region is expanding and attracts a lot of business partners. The Market Place Seminar is a great occasion for the European rail logistic professionals to learn more about business opportunities and requirements for doing rail business in this region and to enlarge their business network.

Who can participate?

People connected to the railway’s supply chain. Ideally we will have a mix of decision makers from the whole railway sector (e.g. logistic managers, sales managers, key account managers and business development managers).

Anything else you would like to add?

- Don’t forget to register!

UIC e-news comment: To register, please visit the seminar’s website www.marketplaceseminar.org and follow the instructions.

For more information, please contact Gustav Manding, Senior Freight Advisor: manding@uic.org