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

Rail Transport

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 Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)
    1. COTIF Convention
    2. Convention Concerning International Carriage by Rail (CIM)
    3. CIM Consignment Note (Declaration of International Traffic Expedition)
  4. International Union of Railways (UIC)
  5. Organization 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. Trade Facilitation Agreement
    2. World Customs Organization (WCO)
    3. Kyoto Convention
    4. Convention Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods
  11. Rail transport in the EU
  12. Railway systems in India, China and Latin America (Iberian America)
  13. India-Afghanistan Corridor
  14. Rail Transport in Africa

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Continuing education (International Trade & Business)


  1. Credits: 5 ECTS Credits
  2. Tuition Fees: EUR 120
  3. Open Online Enrollment
  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)

Languages: Masters, Doctorate, International Business, 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 Doctorate in International Business in French Transport ferroviaire Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Transporte ferroviário


The objectives of the course are the following:

  1. To understand the importance of the international rail transport in Foreign Trade
  2. To analyze the role of the International Rail Transport Committee (CIT) and the Intergovernmental Organization 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 analyze 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)

Trade Facilitation Programs. TFA Agreement

Diploma of Master, Doctorate in International Business


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.

This course belongs to the following Higher Education Programs taught by EENI:

Logistics Courses: Transport in Africa, Marine Transport, Multimodal.

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



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. COTIF Convention

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

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

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

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

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



Containers and Transportation
  1. Istanbul Convention
  2. Customs Convention on Containers

Related topics:

  1. Maritime transport
  2. Road-Rail Combined Transport
  3. Incoterms
  4. Safe Load Securing for Road Transport

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




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