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COTIF Convention, Transport by Rail (OTIF



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Syllabus of the Subject

Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF)


  1. Introduction to the Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF). COTIF Convention
  2. Objectives and areas of activity of the Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)
  3. Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF 1999)
    1. Appendices that establish the uniform railway law
  4. Uniform Rules concerning the Contract of International Carriage of Goods by Rail (CIM)
  5. Regulation concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID)
  6. Luxembourg Rail Protocol

African Students (Masters, Courses, Foreign Trade, Business)


The Subject “Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)” belongs to the following Online Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:

Courses: Rail transport, Multimodal transport, Transport in Africa.

Rail Transport

Diplomas: Foreign Trade, International Transport.

Diploma in International Transport

Masters: International Transport, Transport in Africa, International Business, Foreign Trade.

Masters in International Business and Foreign Trade (MIB)

Doctorate: Global Logistics, World Trade.

Doctorate in International Business (DIB) Online

Languages: Masters, Doctorate, International Business, English Study Doctorate in International Business in French Convention COTIF (summary in Study Master Doctorate in International Business in Spanish Organización Transportes Internacionales por Ferrocarril (OTIF) Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Convenção COTIF).

Area of Knowledge: Foreign Trade (International Rail Transport Law).



Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF).

The Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) is the oldest institution related to the international rail transport. Its main objective is to develop an uniform international laws and conventions for the rail transport, as well as to facilitate the rail transport.

Sample - Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF):
Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF 1999)

Multimodal / Combined Transport

Its most important legal text is the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) in force since 1999.

  1. In 2011, the EU (and therefore all its member countries) acceded to the COTIF Convention
  2. The COTIF Convention contemplates the use of the Multimodal Transport

The most important regulations of the Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) are:

  1. Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF 1999)
  2. Uniform Rules concerning the Contract of International Carriage of Goods by Rail (CIM)
  3. Luxembourg Rail Protocol
  4. Regulation concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID)

Strategic partners of the Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF):

  1. Agency of Railways of the EU
  2. International Committee of the Rail Transport (CIT)
  3. International Union of Railways
  4. Organization for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD)
  5. Economic Commission for Europe

The OTIF also develops agreements on the transport of dangerous goods:

  1. The OTIF develops its activities in Europe, Africa and Asia
  2. The OTIF was created in 1893
  3. Headquarters of the Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF): Bern (Switzerland)

The member countries of the Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) are Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, UK.

International Rail Transport Law. Uniform Rules concerning the Contract of International Carriage of Goods by Rail (CIM)

  1. Road-Rail Combined Transport
  2. Rail Transport in Africa
Containers and Transportation
  1. Istanbul Convention
  2. Customs Convention on Containers




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