Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Berne, Switzerland
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 01/05/1985

Category

Transport and telecommunications

Sub category

Rail transport

Groups

OTIF

What is it about?

The 1980 Convention constitutes the Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) with the mission to establish a uniform system of law applicable to the carriage of passengers, luggage and goods in international through traffic by rail between Member States and to facilitate the system’s application and development. The provided rules contained in appendices form an integral part of the Convention. The Appendices regulate contracts and liability issues. Appendix A on “Uniform Rules concerning Contracts for International Carriage of Passengers and Luggage by Rail (CIV)” deals with the publication of schedules, titles of transport, reductions for specific groups of travellers, personal items of travellers acceptable for carriage and liability in cases of delay. Appendix B on “Uniform Rules concerning Contracts for International Carriage of Goods by Rail (CIM)” applies to articles acceptable for carriage, tariffs and transport agreements. In 2003, the Organization headquartered in Berne, Switzerland, had 42 Member States. It consists of a General Assembly, an Administrative Committee, a Revision Committee, a Committee of Experts for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and a Central Office for International Carriage by Rail (OCTI).

Why is it relevant?

Uniform rules concerning international carriage of passengers and goods by rail allow to reduce costs and to determine the rights and obligations of carriers, consigners and travelers. Member States to the 1980 Convention may participate in the working sessions of the OTIF and contribute to the drawing of uniform rules.

Additional Information

The expenditure of the Organization is financed by the Member States in proportion to the length of the lines listed. The 1980 Convention concerning international carriage by rail has been modified by the Berne Protocol of Amendment to this Convention (Berne, 20 December 1990) and by the Vilnius Protocol of Amendment to this Convention (Vilnius, 03 June1999) in order to adapt the provisions of the present instrument to new needs within its scope of application.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Albania01/06/1984
Algeria28/11/1991
Austria08/03/1983
Belgium02/06/1983
Bosnia and Herzegovina05/08/1996
Bulgaria15/07/1982
Croatia30/09/1992
Czech Republic13/12/1993
Denmark18/06/1981
Finland15/08/1984
France03/09/1982
Germany27/02/1985
Greece23/09/1986
Hungary14/01/1982
Iran12/04/1985
Iraq08/11/1984
Ireland09/09/1986
Italy01/03/1985
Latvia23/02/2000
Lebanon01/12/1983
Liechtenstein30/01/1985
Lithuania22/09/1995
Luxembourg27/07/1983
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)27/02/1996
Monaco06/12/1989
Morocco02/06/1987
Netherlands15/01/1982
Norway12/09/1984
Poland07/01/1985
Portugal07/07/1986
Romania14/06/1983
Serbia24/01/2001
Slovakia24/03/1994
Slovenia15/12/1992
Spain15/01/1982
Sweden25/03/1985
Switzerland08/11/1983
Syrian Arab Republic11/10/1985
Tunisia02/07/1984
Turkey20/06/1985
Ukraine11/09/2003
United Kingdom10/05/1983
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19812
19825
19837
19845
19858
19863
19871
19891
19911
19922
19931
19941
19951
19962
20001
20011
20031
Total43
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