Legislation

The contract of international carriage of freight by rail is governed by the CIM Uniform Rules in Western and Central Europe, Near p East and North Africa. In Eastern Europe and Asia, international carriage of freight by rail is governed by the SMGS.


The text of the CIM Uniform Rules, an overview of the geographical scope of the CIM Uniform Rules, the SMGS and a comparative guide to the liability clauses in the CIM and SMGS (in German and Russian only) may be found below.

Click here for the complete edition of the RID (such as published by OTIF).

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CIM
2016-05-01

Uniform Rules concerning the Contract of International Carriage of Goods by Rail (CIM) – Appendix B to COTIF

Three language text of the CIM Uniform Rules.

Applicable with effect from 1 July 2006 /Edition 1 May 2016

39 pages

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Uniform Rules concerning the Contract of International Carriage of Goods by Rail (CIM) – Appendix B to COTIF

Three language text of the CIM Uniform Rules.

Applicable with effect from 1 July 2006 /Edition 1 May 2016

39 pages

RID
2015-01-01

Regulation concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID) – Appendix C to COTIF. The complete text is published on the website of OTIF. Please follow the link above "Click here for the complete edition of the RID".

Leitfaden Haftung CIM/SMGS
2006-12-01

Leitfaden zur Haftung CIM/SMGS

Guide to liability under the CIM and under the SMGS for customers and carriers moving international freight traffic by rail under the CIM Uniform Rules and the SMGS Convention. Part 1: summary of the basic principles of and grounds for relief from liability under the CIM and SMGS; Part II comparative table showing the individual CIM and SMGS liability provisions.

Edition December 2006

118 pages

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Leitfaden zur Haftung CIM/SMGS

Guide to liability under the CIM and under the SMGS for customers and carriers moving international freight traffic by rail under the CIM Uniform Rules and the SMGS Convention. Part 1: summary of the basic principles of and grounds for relief from liability under the CIM and SMGS; Part II comparative table showing the individual CIM and SMGS liability provisions.

Edition December 2006

118 pages

Scope of CIM and SMGS
2015-08-01

Geographical scope of the application of the CIM Uniform Rules and the SMGS

Map drawn up by the CIT showing the geographical scope of the two conventions.

1 page

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Geographical scope of the application of the CIM Uniform Rules and the SMGS

Map drawn up by the CIT showing the geographical scope of the two conventions.

1 page

Flyer Common CIM/SMGS Consignment Note
2013-07-01

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

Edition 1 July 2013

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

Edition 1 July 2013

COTIF law and EC law
2007-06-12

Brochure

La COTIF et le droit communautaire relatif au transport ferroviaire international: conflits et solutions envisageables

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Brochure

La COTIF et le droit communautaire relatif au transport ferroviaire international: conflits et solutions envisageables

Rail Freight Status Report
2013-04-01

CER - Rail Freight Status Report 2013

Rail freight after a decade of EU Rail Policy

April 2013

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CER - Rail Freight Status Report 2013

Rail freight after a decade of EU Rail Policy

April 2013

Leitfaden CMR-CIM-SMGS
2017-04-26

Guideline CMR-CIM-SMGS

The CIT and IRU developed a Guideline on the CMR-CIM-SMGS liability regimes. The aim is to publish a comparison between international rail (COTIF/CIM and SMGS) and international road transport law (CMR).

The particular added value of this comparison of legal regimes is that it includes, for the first time, both the CIM and the SMGS provisions, and the comparison extends in geographical terms beyond the scope of COTIF/CIM to that of the SMGS.

70 pages

Downloads available:

Guideline CMR-CIM-SMGS

The CIT and IRU developed a Guideline on the CMR-CIM-SMGS liability regimes. The aim is to publish a comparison between international rail (COTIF/CIM and SMGS) and international road transport law (CMR).

The particular added value of this comparison of legal regimes is that it includes, for the first time, both the CIM and the SMGS provisions, and the comparison extends in geographical terms beyond the scope of COTIF/CIM to that of the SMGS.

70 pages

Scope of CMR-CIM-SMGS
2017-04-26

Geographical scope of the application of the CMR-CIM-SMGS

Map drawn up by the CIT showing the geographical scope.

1 page

Downloads available:

Geographical scope of the application of the CMR-CIM-SMGS

Map drawn up by the CIT showing the geographical scope.

1 page