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.

Annual report 2014

Annual report 2014 [PDF]

We are delighted to present you our Annual Report for 2014.

In 2014, on behalf of its members, the CIT sought to remove administrative and legal obstacles, reduce costs and provide more legal certainty on international passenger and freight transport services.


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.


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