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Transportation by Rail (e-Learning Course)


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Online Professional Course - International Transport by Rail (5 ECTS)

Structure of the Course “International Rail Transport” taught by EENI Global Business School:

  1. Introduction to the international rail transport
  2. International Rail Transport Law
  3. Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)
    1. Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF)
    2. Convention Concerning International Carriage by Rail (CIM)
    3. CIM Consignment Note (Declaration of International Traffic Expedition)
  4. International Union of Railways (UIC)
  5. Organisation for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD)
  6. Costs and insurance of the Rail Transport
  7. Rail Transport Consignment Note
  8. Fundamentals of Economy and railway operations
    1. The renaissance of the railways
    2. Railways business models
    3. World market trends in the railways sector
  9. Road-railway System (piggyback, Lohr UIC wagons)
  10. Trade Facilitation
    1. WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)
    2. World Customs Organisation (WCO)
    3. Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC)
    4. International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods (UNECE)
  11. Rail transport in the European Union
  12. Railway systems in India, China and Latin America (Iberian America)
  13. India-Chabahar (Iran)-Afghanistan Economic Corridor
  14. Rail Transport in Africa

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  1. Credits: 5 ECTS Credits
  2. Tuition Fees: EUR 120
  3. Open Online Enrolment
  4. Duration: 5
    weeks It is recommended to dedicate about twelve hours of study per week following a flexible schedule. It is possible to reduce the duration dedicating more hours a week
  5. Download the syllabus of the Course (PDF)

Learning materials in Courses, Masters, Doctorates in International Business and Foreign Trade in English

  1. Also
    available in For improving the international communication skills, the student has free access to the learning materials in these languages (free multilingual training).
    Study Master Doctorate in International Business in Spanish Transporte por ferrocarril Study, Course Master Doctorate in International Business in French Transport ferroviaire Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Transporte ferroviário

Sample - International Transport by Rail:
International Union of Railways (UIC), Rail-Waterway. Eurasian rail corridors. Combined Transport Rail-Road, Maritime

The objectives of the course are the following:

  1. To understand the importance of the international rail transport in Foreign Trade (Import, Export)
  2. To analyse the role of the International Rail Transport Committee (CIT) and the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)
  3. To understand the fundamentals of the international rail transport law
  4. To know the main players of the international rail transport
  5. To learn the key concepts related to the Rail Freight transport (cost, insurance, risks...)
  6. To analyse the documents related to the Rail Transport (CIM consignment note) and know how to complete them
  7. To study the main conventions and rules of the Rail Freight transport (COTIF Convention, CIM Convention)

Online Education (Courses, Masters, Doctorates): Trade Facilitation Programs. TFA Agreement

Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF 1999)

This course contains exercises that are evaluated, which the student must work out and pass to obtain the Diploma of the Professional Course: “in International Railway Transport” issued by EENI Global Business School.

Diploma of Master, Doctorate in International Business

This course belongs to the following Higher Education Programs taught by EENI:
  1. Logistics Courses: Transport in Africa, Marine Transport, Multimodal
  2. Diplomas: Foreign Trade, International Transport
  3. Masters: International Transport, Transport in Africa, International Business, Foreign Trade, Export Back Office
  4. Doctorates: Global Logistics, World Trade

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

The International railway transport has experienced important technical developments in the recent years, becoming faster, safer and cheaper.

  1. The rail transport is one of the safest modes of international transport
  2. It can carry various consignments from the small packages to containers
  3. Regarding the cargo capacity, the rail transport can compete with the marine transport
  4. Due to its environmental benefits, the rail freight is being considered an alternative to the road freight in Europe

In the international rail transport there are two fundamental conventions:

  1. Convention Concerning International Carriage by Rail (CIM)
  2. Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF)

The CIM Consignment Note (Declaration of International Traffic Expedition) is used under the CIM Convention

  1. Rail freight is carried out under the document called the CIM Rail Consignment Note
Containers and international transport. Customs Convention on Containers. BIC Code. Intermodal Transport

Containers and International Transportation
  1. Convention Relating to Temporary Admission (Istanbul Convention)
  2. Customs Convention on Containers (CCC, UN)

Area of Knowledge: Foreign Trade.

Related topics:

  1. Maritime transport
  2. Road-Rail Combined Transport
  3. Incoterms® 2020.
  4. International Guidelines on Safe Load Securing for Road Transport

Training program recommended for the students from Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Eswatini (Swaziland), Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Multimodal transport, combined (Course Master Doctorate)

Organisation for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD) Europe-Asia Logistics Corridors

Rail Transport in Africa (Course Master Doctorate) African Railways: Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia

African Northern Transport Corridor (Transport Course)

Trans-European Transport Network Corridors (Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Italy)


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