Road-Rail Combined Transport

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Syllabus of the Online Subject - International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR)

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

Example of the Online Subject - Road-Rail Combined Transport:
Road-Rail Combined Transport, Course


The Subject “International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR)” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Courses: Multimodal Transport, Rail transport, Road Transport, Transport in Africa
  2. Diplomas: Foreign Trade, International Transport
  3. Masters: International Transport, Transport in Africa, International Business, Foreign Trade, Export Back Office
  4. Doctorates: International Logistics, Global Trade

Online Continuing education (Masters, Courses)

Learning materials in Master in International Business in English Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Transporte Combinado Ferrocarril-Carretera Study, Master in International Business in French Transport combiné rail-route Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Combined Transport ferroviário-rodoviário

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Description of the Online Subject - International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR)

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

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

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

“It is understood by Combined Transport in Europe to 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. Road-Rail Combined Transport combines flexibility (road transport) and cost advantage (rail transport)

Multimodal transport, combined

Loading units

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

All cargo units used in combined transport must be coded by means of a yellow plate that provides 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, 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

  1. International Rail Transport Law
  2. International Union of Railways (UIC)
  3. Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF). COTIF Convention
  4. Organisation for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD)
  5. International Road Transport Union (IRU)
  6. International Guidelines on Safe Load Securing for Road Transport
  7. TIR Convention
  8. CMR Convention
  9. Silk Road


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