Using rail transport for international trade

  • Using rail transport for international trade

    Rail transport is a cost-effective and efficient way to move your goods. It offers you the following advantages:

    • fast rail links throughout Europe
    • it is environmentally friendly compared with other transport modes

    However, there are also risks for rail transport:

    • routes and timetables available can be inflexible, especially in remote regions
    • rail transport can be more expensive than road transport
    • mechanical failure or industrial action can disrupt services
    • further transportation may be needed from a rail depot to the final destination, adding to costs and affecting delivery schedules

    See the guide on moving goods by rail.

    Though rail transport is not fully functional in Uganda, developments are underway the to make sure its up and running. This will even save alot of considerable time and effort

    Insurance and documentation

    If you transport goods by rail, the Convention Concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) is the system of law which applies in the 45 states in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East that are members of OTIF, the International Organisation for International Carriage by Rail.

    You should also be aware of the CIM consignment note that sets the conditions for transporting non-dangerous goods by rail. CIM rules mean that your carrier only takes responsibility for insuring your consignments against loss or damage from the time they take possession of them until they are delivered. If you transport dangerous goods that have a UN dangerous goods code, or that your carrier considers to be dangerous, you must complete a dangerous goods declaration. Part of this declaration is the Dangerous Goods Note.

    For the rail transport of dangerous goods, Annex I of COTIF – ie the Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID), sets the conditions under which rail transport is undertaken, including:

    • classification of dangerous goods
    • dangerous goods lists and any special provisions or exemptions
    • testing and use of packaging, intermediate bulk containers, large packaging and tanks
    • procedures relating to the consignment
    • conditions concerning the conditions of carriage, loading, unloading and handling

    Find out about the international agreements for the transportation of dangerous goods on the HSE website. Also see the guide on moving dangerous goods.

    Specialised advice can be obtained from your legal adviser or freight forwarder.

    See the guides on transport insurance, insurance for international trade and international trade paperwork.

    Daks Couriers Limited Is ready to embrace the rail transport system once its put into action.

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