B-1-5- Rail transportation

An english company who wants to import or export goods shall therefore, even before proposing a "product price", look at all ins and outs related to dispacthing logistics approach. We can distinguish lot of modes of transportation, rail transportation is one of them. But rail transportation is rarely used because it's not practical, despite being faster than land transport. Price is also an important factor.

A dearth of train stations makes multimodal transport necessary. Pre- and post-transport is necessary to get goods to and from train stations.

In March of 2003, the European Union took measures to encourage this type of transportation with legislation that authorized private rail operators to compete with public companies.

With the advent of high-speed railway lines, rail transportation has again become attractive, especially for major companies. In fact, most rail transportation occurs with major companies that have succeeded in implementing the appropriate logistics. This type of company can manage schedules easier and have favorable agreements with rail companies.

1-5-1- Piggy-back transportation

There is a rail transport solution for smaller companies. Piggy-back transport has "wind in sails". The piggy-back is a goods transport solution that involves the loading of trucks on a train. There is now the political will to use piggyback as a mode of transportation to improve goods flow between France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain.

It should be able to address the increasingly important issue of land transport traffic in Europe. It should be noted that the piggyback is a popular mode of transport in Germany.

1-5-2- Rail transportation: specifics

As with all types of transportation, specific transport documents and insurance are needed for rail transport.

1-5-3- Legislation

Rail transportation is governed by the Convention on transit of goods by rail (COTIF), signed in Bern on May 9, 1980 and in cases of disputes, by the Rome convention using Article 4-4.