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International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR)

  1. Introduction to the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR)
  2. Combined Transport: advantages and main players
  3. Road-rail Combined Transport Loading Units: Swap body, Container, Cranable semi-trailer
  4. Accompanied and Unaccompanied Combined Transport
  5. Identification of the European Intermodal Loading Units (ILU Code)
  6. Road-railway System (piggyback, Lohr UIC wagons)

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Road-Rail Combined Transport:
Road-Rail Combined Transport, Intermodal loading units. Swap body

International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR)

Created in 1970, the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR) is the association of the Combined Transport sector in Europe.

Rail Transport

The headquarters of the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR) is located in Brussels. Its members are the logistics operators and the combined transport terminals.

Definition of the Combined Transport in Europe (Economic Commission for Europe UNECE, European Union):

“It is understood by Combined Transport in Europe the intermodal transport in which most of the trip, in Europe, is done by rail, inland waterways or by sea, and any initial and / or final stretch made by road is the shortest possible”

Advantages of Road-Rail Combined Transport.

  1. Reduction of infrastructure and external costs
  2. The Road-Rail Combined Transport combines the flexibility (road transport) and cost advantage (rail transport)

Loading units

The Road-Rail Combined Transport requires an adapted equipment, since they are intermodal units that can be sent using the different modes of transport and that are specially equipped for the vertical loading in special wagons.

All the cargo units used in the combined transport must be coded by means of a yellow plate that provides the information about their dimensions.

The International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR) is the administrator of the ILU code (Identification of intermodal loading units).

In unaccompanied combined transport, the goods travel in swap bodies, standardized containers or semi-trailers.

In accompanying combined transport (Rolling Road), the whole road transport vehicle is involved, including the traction cabin.

Multimodal transport, combined

Related subjects:

  1. International Rail Transport Law
  2. International Union of Railways
  3. COTIF Convention
  4. Organization for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD)
  5. International Road Transport Union (IRU)
  6. Safe Load Securing for Road Transport
  7. TIR Convention
  8. CMR Convention

Eurasian Land Transport Initiative (Silk Road, China-Europe)

Trans-European Transport Corridors

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