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In OTIF Member States, the international carriage of freight by rail is governed by the CIM (CIM) Uniform Rules, whereas in Eastern Europe and Asia, SMGS applies.


May 1, 2016

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

Jan. 1, 2019

Regulation concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID) – Appendix C to COTIF.

COTIF law and EC law
April 5, 2006

COTIF law and EC law relating to international carriage by rail: areas of conflict and options for solutions