The International Rail Transport Committee (CIT) is an association of some 200 railway undertakings and shipping companies which provide international passenger and/or freight services. 130 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.

Conference of Passenger Claims Departments

Conference of Passenger Claims Departments [PDF]

The UIC and CIT have great pleasure in inviting the staff of claims, sales and legal departments of their members to the Passenger Claims Departments’ Conference to be held in Bern on Thursday, 25 September 2014.


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 July 2014. The formal amendments are already available on our website (and see below).


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.


CIT-Info 3/2014

CIT-Info 3/2014 [PDF]

  • Passengers’ rights and ticketing
  • France and Italy set up their national enforcement bodies
  • SIAFI 2014: Interactive Sessions on International Rail Business
  • Latest news on the electronic CIM/SMGS consignment note
  • Legal Interoperability for Eurasian rail freight transport services: GTC EurAsia
  • The CIT is strengthening its partnership with the Forum Train Europe (FTE)
  • Law in practice - accidents and passengers at fault
  • Executive Committee 1/2014
  • Conference of Passenger Claims Departments 2014

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