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CIM/SMGS

The carriage of freight between Europe and Asia is governed by two different legal regimes: the CIM Uniform Rules and the SMGS Agreement. At the interface between these two legal regimes, shipments have to be reconsigned and a new consignment note has to be made out. The practicalities of this process are set out in the CIM/SMGS Reconsignment Manual developed (GR CIM/SMGS).

Documents

GLV-CIM/SMGS
Oct. 21, 2020

CIM/SMGS Consignment Note Manual (GLV-CIM/SMGS)

The CIM/SMGS consignment note manual (GLV-CIM/SMGS) describes an alternative to the classic system of consignment with rewriting of a SMGS consignment note to a CIM consignment note or vice versa at the reconsignment point.

Applicable with effect from 1 January 2019 / Edition 1 Januar 2019

74 pages

Appx 1: List of the CIT members and SMGS participants which apply this manual and the traffic axes to which it applies
Appx 2: Explanatory notes on the content of the CIM/SMGS consignment note
Appx 3: List of reconsignment points
Appx 4: List of the addresses of departments to which applications for authorisation and agreement to consign are to be sent
Appx 5: CIM/SMGS consignment note
Appx 5.1: Specimen of the additional invoice forming part of the CIM/SMGS consignment note
Appx 6: Deliberately left blank
Appx 7.1: Explanatory notes on the completion and content of the CIM/SMGS wagon list
Appx 7.2: Specimen of the CIM/SMGS wagon list
Appx 7.3: Explanatory notes on the use and content of the CIM/SMGS container list
Appx 7.4: Specimen of the CIM/SMGS container list
Appx 7.5: Procedure to be followed in the event of detaching wagons or containers from groups of wagons/containers consigned using a single CIM/SMGS consignment note
Appx 8: Explanatory notes on the completion of the CIM/SMGS formal report
Appx 8.1: Specimen of the CIM/SMGS formal report
Appx 9: List of addresses of the departments of carriers to which claims must be sent for further handling under the CIM/SMGS claims procedure

 

GR-CIM/SMGS
Jan. 1, 2019

CIM/SMGS Reconsignment Manual (GR-CIM/SMGS)

This manual contains the special provisions for traffic between states applying the CIM Uniform Rules and those applying the SMGS when consignments are reconsigned en route using a new consignment note.

Applicable with effect from 1 January 2019 / Edition 1 January 2019

13 pages

Appendix 1: Reconsignment points


Appendix 2: Addresses of the bodies competent to issue authorisations
 

Guideline to liability CIM/SMGS
Dec. 1, 2006

Guideline to liability 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/SMGS; Part II comparative table showing the individual CIM/SMGS liability provisions.

December 2006

118 pages

m. Consignment note CIM/SMGS
Jan. 1, 2019

Consignment note CIM/SMGS

Taken from:

GLV CIM/SMGS: Appendix 5

n. CIM/SMGS Wagon List
Jan. 1, 2019

CIM/SMGS Wagon List

Taken from the GLV CIM/SMGS
Appendix 7.2

o. CIM/SMGS Container List
Jan. 1, 2019

CIM/SMGS Container List

Taken from the GLV CIM/SMGS
Appendix 7.4

p. CIM/SMGS Formal report
Jan. 1, 2019

CIM/SMGS Formal report

Taken from the GLV CIM/SMGS
Appendix 8.1

Scope of CIM and SMGS
May 1, 2019

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

CIM/SMGS specifications
July 1, 2019

Specifications for the electronic CIM/SMGS consignment note

 

This document includes the functional, legal and technical specifications for the electronic CIM/SMGS consignment note. 

Applicable with effect from 1 July 2019 / Edition 1 July 2019



649 pages

GTC EurAsia
Jan. 1, 2019

General Terms and Conditions of Eurasian carriage by rail (GTC EurAsia)

The General Terms and Conditions of Eurasian carriage of goods by rail (GTC EurAsia) govern through contracts for the international carriage of goods between Europe and Asia by rail, including rail – sea traffic. They shall be applicable if the parties to the contract so agree.

Applicable with effect from 1 January 2019 / Edition 1 January 2019

9 pages

Flyer Common CIM/SMGS Consignment Note
July 1, 2013

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



Edition 1 July 2013

GLV-CIM/SMGS
July 1, 2018

CIM/SMGS Consignment Note Manual (GLV-CIM/SMGS)

Instructions for the use of the CIM/SMGS consignment note. 

Applicable with effect from 1 September 2006 / Edition 1 July 2018. 

71 pages

Appx 1: List of the CIT members and SMGS participants which apply this manual and the traffic axes to which it applies
Appx 2: Explanatory notes on the content of the CIM/SMGS consignment note
Appx 3: List of reconsignment points
Appx 4: List of the addresses of departments to which applications for authorisation and agreement to consign are to be sent
Appx 5: CIM/SMGS consignment note
Appx 5.1: Specimen of the additional invoice forming part of the CIM/SMGS consignment note
Appx 6: Packaging requirements
Appx 7.1: Explanatory notes on the completion and content of the CIM/SMGS wagon list
Appx 7.2: Specimen of the CIM/SMGS wagon list - Form Appx 7.2
Appx 7.3: Explanatory notes on the use and content of the CIM/SMGS container list
Appx 7.4: Specimen of the CIM/SMGS container list - Form Appx 7.4
Appx 7.5: Procedure to be followed in the event of wagons or contain­ers being detached from block trains, groups of wagons or groups of containers
Appx 8: Explanatory notes on the completion of the CIM/SMGS formal report
Appx 8.1: Specimen of the CIM/SMGS formal report - Form Appx 8.1
Appx 9: List of addresses of the departments of CIM carriers and SMGS railways to which claims must be sent for further handling under the CIM/SMGS claims procedure

 

Amendment 28 GLV-CIM/SMGS
July 1, 2018

Amendment Nr 28 to the GLV-CIM/SMGS

Document containing the pages of the GLV-CIM/SMGS replaced by the amendment no 28

23 pages

CIM/SMGS specifications
Jan. 1, 2016

Functional and Legal Specifications for the Electronic CIM/SMGS Consignment Note

Recommendations to undertakings intending to use an electronic version of the CIM/SMGS consignment note.
Edition 1 January 2016

54 pages

CIM/SMGS Tech. Specifications
Oct. 1, 2013

Technical Specifications for the Electronic CIM/SMGS Consignment Note

Recommendations to undertakings intending to use an electronic version of the CIM/SMGS consignment note.

Edition 1 October 2013

246 pages

Amendment 7 GR-CIM/SMGS
July 1, 2016

Amendment 7 to the GR-CIM/SMGS

Document containing the pages of the GR-CIM/SMGS replaced by the amendment No 7.

12 pages

GR-CIM/SMGS
July 1, 2016

CIM/SMGS Reconsignment Manual (GR-CIM/SMGS)

Special conditions for traffic between states applying the CIM Uniform Rules and states applying the SMGS for consignments which are reconsigned at the interface between these two legal regimes using a new consignment note.

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

13 pages
 

GTC EurAsia
July 1, 2014

General Terms and Conditions of Eurasian carriage by rail (GTC EurAsia)

The General Terms and Conditions of Eurasian carriage of goods by rail (GTC EurAsia) govern through contracts for the international carriage of goods between Europe and Asia by rail, including rail – sea traffic. They shall be applicable if the parties to the contract so agree.

Applicable with effect from 1 July 2014 / Edition 1 July 2014

8 pages

Note
June 29, 2020

Older versions can be obtained from the CIT General Secretariat.