Loading guidelines

Verladerichtlinien / Règles de Chargement

Load safety https://uic.org/freight/load-safety is one of the competence centers of UIC Freight Department; UIC has produced Loading Guidelines to clearly outline the key principles and technical recommendations for loading methods, which will ensure that goods reach the intended destination unscathed;

The UIC Loading Guidelines (LG) stipulate a state-of-the-art code of practice for all loading and securing of goods on wagons, thus serving as a vital safety reference for shippers and/or consigners.
Since 2022, the Loading Guidelines has been officially designated as ERA’s AMOC. Compliance with the Loading Guidelines, therefore, ensures that your cargo is safely secured and remains so during the journey to customer.

Loading Guidelines

Verladerichtlinien / Règles de Chargement (updated April 1, 2023)

The UIC Loading Guidelines currently consists of 2 substantial volumes, referencing all safe loading and securing of goods standards/measurements for wagons and units. The information accrued and documented focuses on the improvement of safety performance. The knowledge included is vast and comprehensive as the original dates back to 1922 when the first edition of the RIV was released. The many subsequent revisions of the text simply add detail or amend certain provisions, but never actually alter its founding principle.

LG Volume 1 offer principles containing the mandatory requirements to be observed for the safe loading and securing of goods.

Loading Guidelines-Volume 1

- PDF - 10.2 Mb

Règles de Chargement-Tome 1

- PDF - 10.2 Mb

Verladerichtlinien-Band 1

- PDF - 9.3 Mb


LG Volume 2 sets out the principles for specific types of goods, developed in compliance with Volume 1 and/or based on practical experience, as well as methods laid down for different products.
This volume includes all the measures to be observed for the packaging and storage of goods.

Loading Guidelines-Volume 2

- PDF - 19.1 Mb

Règles de chargement-Tome 2

- PDF - 26.8 Mb

Verladerichtlinien-Band 2

- PDF - 26.6 Mb


They are also available on the ETF website.

Their application contributes to operating safety and is structured in such a way to prevent damage to goods and wagons. The consignor, or shipper, is always responsible for the observance of these guidelines. Furthermore, in the event of non-compliance, the railway undertaking may refuse to take on the consignment.

Now, let’s have a closer look at what the LG offers:

  • designed to contribute to operating safety, ensuring damage-free conveyance of goods
  • contains the necessary instructions, data and examples regarding loading and securing of goods.
  • describes the loading condition and securing during the shipment procedure.

The instructions contained in the Loading Guidelines outline the minimum requirements. If necessary, they must be increased or extended after verification by the shipper. Used in conjunction with the indications on the loading gauge, the LG acts as an on hand check-list for the proper loading of goods.

Based on requirements from practice and an evolving framework, these Loading Guidelines are under constant development and thus updated once a year. Amendment submissions are accompanied by a significance test form and, if necessary, by a risk analysis to prove compliance.

How do you submit an amendment to Loading Guidelines?

  • The amendment proposal and significance test forms
  • All modification proposals or requests to add or change the content of the current UIC Loading Guidelines shall be produced by a UIC member
  • Each change request shall be assessed by a railway undertaking representative, who shall then determine the significance of the modification, and rule the necessity for a risk analysis conducted in accordance with CSM regulation.


Line categories / Catégories de lignes / Streckenklassen

Each RU designates a standard line category that correspond to the majority of its lines open to international traffic and exceptions: 3.1_Lines categories
Please find the explanation guide: Explanation_Loca_fr_de_en
The RUs shall send to UIC for publication the data on the railway lines they use; only a few such lists are currently available:

RICSRUNameNormal categorieExceptionsLine categories that RUs use &/ or network statements
00 50 ZFBH Zeljeznice Federacije Bosne I Hercegovine D4 Tables 2 and 3 zfbh_04-05-2017_transit_routes_and_destination_stations.pdf
00 71 ADIF Administrator de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias D4 3.2, 3.3 https://www.adif.es/sobre-adif/conoce-adif/declaracion-sobre-la-red
00 82 CFL CFL Infrastructure D4 3.4 https://acf.gouvernement.lu/fr/sillon/Document-de-reference-du-reseau.html
00 83 FS Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane C3 3.3, 3.4 FS_2015_line categories &https://www.rfi.it/en/railway-infrastructure-access-/Network-statement.html
00 87 SNCF SNCF Réseau https://www.sncf-reseau.com/fr/carte/charges-admissibles-transport-fret & https://www.sncf-reseau.com/fr/documents-reference-reseau
21 51 PKP PKP CARGO 3.3, 3.4 pkp_cargo_20-03-2015_transit_routes
21 54 CD CD Cargo C2 3.3, 3.4 CD Cargo_01-01-2020_transit_routes & CD Cargo_01-01-2020_destination_stations
21 55 RC H Rail Cargo Hungaria C2 3.3, 3.4 EIB MÁV_GySEV_04-01-2022_transit_routes & EIB MÁV_GySEV_04-01-2022_destination_stations
21 56 ZSSK ZSSK Cargo D4 3.3, 3.4 ZSSK C_2017_transit routes & ZSSK C_2017_ national destination stations
21 78 HZ HZ CARGO D3 3.3, 3.4 HZ_Cargo_11-12-2022_transit_routes_and_destination_stations
21 79 SŽ-Tovorni promet D3 3.3, 3.4 sz_02-09-2020_transit_routes_and_destination_stations
21 80 DB DB Cargo D4 3.2, 3.3 DB_Cargo_07-09-2020_transit_routes & DB_Cargo_07-09-2020_destination_stations &https://geovdbn.deutschebahn.com/isr
21 81 RCA Rail Cargo Austria D4 3.2, 3.3 RCA_04-10-2017_transit_routes_and_destination_stations
21 84 DB NL DB Cargo Nederland (The Nederlands) C2 3.3, 3.4 DB_Cargo_Nederland_3.4_v4_2022 &
21 85 SBB SBB Cargo D4 3.3, 3.4 SBB_Cargo_01-12-2018_transit_routes_and_destination_stations

Loading examples

Verladebeispiele / Exemples de chargement

A comprehensive list of colour coded Loading Examples for specific types of goods and wagons. By following these practices, YOUR specifically equipped and/or loaded wagons are ready for a safe journey.

Loading Examples offers an all-inclusive vital source of information for safe loading and load securing practices, not forgetting specific types of goods and wagons. This is achieved by meeting the provisions of LG Volume 1, and complementing them with LG Volume 2, to incorporate other types of loading practices for wagons fitted with special securing devices.

These sheets must be approved by the railway undertakings individually in order to be accepted in their respective framework safety management system. The acceptance is usually conditioned by conducted buffing and running tests. Loading Examples are listed by UIC in unified form.

Let’s have a closer look on what do the Colour Coded Loading Examples offer:

  • Blue - information on loading methods compliant with LG Volume 1 (published by UIC)
  • Pink - information on loading methods not fully compliant with LG Volume 1, subject to an agreement between railway undertakings
  • Yellow - information on loading methods for domestic traffic not fully compliant with LG Volume 1
Übersichtstabelletableau récapitulatifOverview table
in arbeit en travaux work in progress
Stand 01.04.2023 Etat : 01/04/2023 Status 01/04/2023
Blue and rosa loading examples-2023

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For any further information please contact: Nathalie Libardi

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Friday 17 March 2017