The International Rail Transport Committee (CIT) is an association of some 213 railway undertakings and shipping companies which provide international passenger and/or freight services. 133 organisations are members in their own right, 80 organisations are linked indirectly by being members of CIT associate members. The CIT is an association under Swiss law (Article 60 et seq. ZGB [Swiss Code of Civil Law]) and is based in Bern.

e-ticketing workshop

e-ticketing workshop [PDF]

Just think: how long since you last travelled with a traditional train ticket? What percentage of the tickets your company sells is printed? What percentage is sold by internet? What are the options technology offers for paperless ticketing? How many traditional paper tickets will be sold in 2020? And in 2050? We cannot predict the future, but we know the future is e-ticketing, and e-ticketing is already here.


Conference of Freight Claims Departments

Conference of Freight Claims Departments [PDF]

An overview will be presented of the latest developments in CIT freight documentation and a summary of the progress made in the revision of COTIF. Examples of legal and practical experience will then focus on damage due to theft.

Topics will initially be dealt with in groups and then discussed during the plenary session. They relate to the handling of claims, total damage to goods in transit – allocation of compensation payments and formal damage report in electronic form.


CIT-Info 1/2015

CIT-Info 1/2015 [PDF]

  • Italy’s ratification of COTIF 1999
  • EU-Commission clarifies conditions of access to railway infrastructure
  • Protection of passengers’ personal data
  • New CIT Document on Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Passengers
  • CIT & IRU experts’ work on the CMR – CIM comparative table incl. new SMGS
  • International Rail Conference in Prague, 18-20 March 2015
  • News from the CIM Working Group
  • Railway organisations present the updated E-GTC-I to the EU-Commission
  • How are transit periods calculated in international freight traffic?

East – West Passenger Traffic: Which law is applicable?

East – West Passenger Traffic: Which law is applicable? [PDF]

Press release
Leaflet on COTIF/CIV-PRR – SMPS liability regimes

There is now more clarity in terms of liability for passengers travelling from East to West: A trilingual leaflet by the International Rail Transport Committee (CIT), the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) and the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission (DG MOVE) describes the rules of the three liability regimes COTIF/CIV-PRR – SMPS. The electronic version is linked to an interactive map showing which provisions apply to East-West passenger traffic.


Freight Products

The CIM Committee approved a number of changes to CIT freight documentation at its meeting on 25 March 2014. Changes have been made to

All these changes will come into effect on 1 January 2015. The formal amendments are already available on our website.

In addition, the new GTC rail-sea traffic enter into force on 1 January 2015.




European General Terms and Conditions of use of railway infrastructure. Applicable with effect from 1 September 2014. Replace the European GTC of 13 October 2010.


Annual report 2013

Annual report 2013 [PDF]

We are delighted to present you our redesigned Annual Report for 2013.

“To be there for the members“ and “To prepare for the future“. These were the two headings we set over the activities of the CIT in 2013. They represented the approach taken by the Executive Committee of the CIT regarding the medium-term strategic focus in 2013. The result of this work was the establishment of six strategic priorities for the future activities and development of the CIT. These strategic priorities are based on the statutes now in effect and are to be pursued with the financial and staff resources that are currently available, and are described in more detail on page 8 of the Annual Report.

The year 2013 was marked by a number of developments: a new CIT Wagon Manual (GTW-CIT) designed to simplify the international movement of wagons was published and a CER-CIT workshop with the national authorities responsible for enforcing rail passengers‘ rights (NEBs) provided a platform for dialogue with the objective of promoting a balanced and practical approach to applying passengers’ rights. The “CIV/SMPS Legal Interoperability“ project is providing greater transparency in terms of the framework conditions for international passenger services across EU borders.

Emphasis was also placed on various issues relating to changes to the regulatory framework, such as the upcoming revision of the convention on international rail transport (COTIF), where the CIT put forward some initial suggestions for the electronic consignment note. Another key issue was multimodality, for which the General Conditions of Carriage for Rail-Sea Traffic were drawn up and ready to be approved. In addition, the new General Terms and Conditions for the Carriage of Goods by Rail between China, Central Asia and Europe (GTC EurAsia) were approved by the CIM Committee this year. The new CIT products will enable traffic to be handled on the basis of a single contract.

In 2013, the CIT’s aim at all times was to prepare documents that dealt with specific issues and to update existing documents for the purpose of eliminating administrative and legal obstacles, reducing costs and proving greater legal certainty on international passenger and freight transport services.


Common CIM/SMGS Consignement Note for Euro-Asian Rail Freight Shipments

Common CIM/SMGS Consignement Note for Euro-Asian Rail Freight Shipments [PDF]

Languages: EN/RU/CN

Edition 1 July 2013