Fit for Freight - Freight Month

November 2022

Freight month is shining the spotlight on UIC’s long history and the future of its freight activities. For many decades now, UIC has played a leading role in developing and determining technical standards for the rail freight sector as the core of its mission is to facilitate efficient international operability.

Without the numerous initiatives implemented throughout the years, UIC’s members would not be able to operate as seamlessly as they do today. However, there are still a number of challenges to overcome and UIC will continue to forge its path and defend the rail freight sector’s interests.

Official Sponsors


Week 1: Opening of the UIC Freight Month

2 November, 13:00 – 15:00 CET
Grand opening of the UIC Freight month
Online event - dial in via this link

13.00 – 13.30

  • Welcome to the Fit For Freight month, Sandra Géhénot, Freight Director UIC
  • UIC and its freight activities, Francois Davenne, Director General of UIC
  • Rail Freight Forward and rail freight as the backbone of future logistics, Clemens Först, CEO Rail Cargo Austria and Chairman of the UIC Freight Forum

13.30 –14.30

  • Introduction to the UIC Freight department competence centres
  • Fit for Freight podcasts on Wagon management & Rail operations
  • Wrap up & invitation to the competence centre deep dives



- PDF - 1 Mb


3 November, 11:00 – 12:30 CET
Fit for Freight : Seamless data exchange
Online event - dial in via this link

11:00 – 11:10 Fit for Freight Data exchange: welcome & introduction

Cornerstones for digitalization
11:10 – 11:25 Developing for the future IT by RailData, Carel Jonckheere
11:25 – 11:40 UIC Coding assets by UIC, Parinaz Bazeghi
11:40 – 12:20 Standardized messages by UIC IT group, Jürgen Hiller

  • Consignment note data
  • Wagon movement
  • Train running information
  • Support for legal framework (TAF TSI)

12:20 –12:30 Wrap up and Q&A



- PDF - 4.4 Mb


4 November, 11:00 – 12:30 CET
Fit for Freight : Load Safety
Online event - dial in via this link

11:00 – 11:10 Fit for Freight Load safety: welcome & topic introduction

11:00 – 11:30 Facilitate safe transport of goods

  • UIC Loading Guidelines by UIC, Hakan Gunel

11:30 – 11:50 Principles & correct application by UIC Loading Guidelines group, Thomas Üblauer

  • Principles of loading methods
  • Loading methods for different types of goods
  • Good and bad practices in loading and securing of goods

Collaboration for the sector’s interest:

11:50 – 12:05 Legal framework ensuring safe loading by CIT, Guillaume Murawa
12:05 – 12:20 Loading Guidelines as the AMOC Safety of Load (OPE TSI) by UIC, Frédéric Henon

12:20 – 12:30 Wrap up and Q&A



- PDF - 6.3 Mb


Week 2: Focus on Combined Transport

8 November, 13:00 – 19:00 CET
Executive Committee of the UIC Combined Transport Group
Physical member only event

9 November, 10:00 – 16:00 CET
Presentation of the Combined Transport Report 2022
Loading safety stakeholder workshop focusing on Multi Modal transport
Physical event – register here

10.00 – 12.15 UIC and UIRR present the Combined Transport Report 2022

  • Opening by the Chairmen of UIC GTC and UIRR, Eric Lambert and Ralf-Charley Schutlz
  • Presentation of the results by Transport & Mobility Leuven
  • Debate: Opportunities & challenges in Combined Transport within the current economic context

12.15 – 13.30 Lunch offered by UIC

13.30 – 14:30 Innovations within Combined Transport

  • Presentation from Dassault Systèmes

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break

15.00 – 16.00 Cargo Loading & Securing in a Combined Transport context

  • Harmonisation of Loading rules
  • Safety applied to all CT actors
  • Legal framework of UIC loading guidelines
  • Testimonial from a Terminal operator and technical innovations at wagon keepers

Watch the morning and afternoon sessions of the day here:

Watch the aftermovie:



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Week 3: Focus on the Freight Forum

17 November, 09:00 – 12:00 CET
UIC Freight Forum
Online member only event

Fit for Freight : Dangerous goods carriage
Exact date to be confirmed

Week 4 & 5: Focus on international Freight Corridors

21 November, time TBC
Focus on the Middle & Southern Corridor within the RAME region
Physical member only event

28 November, 11:00 – 12:30 CET
Corridors: Crossing Continents
Online event - dial in via this link

Side events – UIC reaching out

15 November, time TBC 14-16 November, Europe’s Rail stand
Presentation of Translate4Rail at the Transport Research Arena conference
TAR 2022 in Lisbon

25 November, 09:00 – 12:00 CET
ATTI morning (for Members of the ATTI Group)

29 November, 9:30 – 14:00 CET
CEF PSA UBS final conference
Online event - dial in via this link

UIC Pallet induction into the Logistics Hall of Fame
Logistics Hall of Fame

Please check the boxes of all the events you want to participate



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Official Sponsors

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