The International Rail Transport Committee (CIT) is an association of some 216 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.

New CIT Freight products

The CIT's freight product was expanded with a new product on 1 January 2020: the Checklist for a framework contract to be used in international rail - road freight transport. It concerns the international carriage of rail-road goods within the meaning of Article 1 § 3 CIM / 2.1 CMR and is intended to facilitate the establishment of service contracts between road and rail carriers.


CIT-Info 4/2019

CIT-Info 4/2019 [PDF]

2    CCTT comes to Bern
3    New manual on data protection published by the CIT
4    Launch of TSGA regulatory services
5    CIV Working Group setting the route for the work in 2020
6    News about the work of the CIV/SMPS working group
7    CIT’s CIM Working Group looks forward to an exciting 2020
8    Looking at «multimodality» in Venice
9    CIM/SMGS common consignment note used for the first time for multimodal transports from China to Europe
10  The 28th CUI Committee continues to work on harmonised contractual arrangements for infrastructure use
11   Law and Practice


Reissue of CIT products in electronic form

Thanks to the reissue of CIT products in electronic and certified form, the presentation of documents has been modernised, making them much more user-friendly.

All CIT documentation has now been reissued.

Now interactive forms for the freight documentation are also certified. They can be downloaded, completed, transmitted and used in pdf format.


Guideline CMR-CIM-SMGS

Guideline CMR-CIM-SMGS [PDF]

Date April 2017

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.