Memberships & Affiliations
International Rail Transport Committee, CIT (Comite international des transports ferroviaires, CIT) - the international nongovernmental organization (association), whose objectives - development of international law in the field of rail transport on the basis of conclusion of the Convention; development of additional legal articles and materials related to the solution of disputes according to international transport; monitoring compliance with the rules of cargo, baggage and passengers; standardization of travel documents.
Founded in 1902 Headquarters - in Bern (Switzerland).
The official languages - French and German.
The full members of the CIT are 134 companies from 43 countries of Europe, Asia and Africa. The Committee is working primarily with OTIF, UIC, the Inland Transport Committee of the UNECE, OSJD and other international organizations.
As a full member of the CIT can join companies that carry out international rail transport in accordance with COTIF.
The main goals of CIT are:
- harmonization, uniform application and implementation of international rail transport law, primarily COTIF;
- development of the Rules of freight, invoices forms, as well as applications to COTIF;
- standardization of the legal relationship between the parties to the rail market (customers, railway undertakings and infrastructure owners).
The governing body is the General Assembly of the CIT. It sets policy and strategic approach to the management of CIT.
CIT President - Jean-Luc Dyuforno (former Director of Legal Affairs of the French railways SNCF).
Secretary General of CIT - Cesare Brand.
The representative of the JSC "Russian Railways" is a member of the Executive Committee of CIT.
On February 1, 2010 the Russian Federation acceded to COTIF in the conditions of use Uniform Rules to the Agreement on the International Carriage of Goods (CIM) in the areas of railway infrastructure from the pier of the ferry complex Baltic to the port railway station Baltiysk Kaliningrad Railroad (2.84 km) as well as from the pier of the ferry complex Ust-Luga to port railway station Luga Oktyabrskaya railway (1,745 km).
In 2015, the Russian Federation joined the COTIF also the site of the railway infrastructure in the port area of ??the Caucasus, which actively help develop rail-ferry services on the line with Turkey Caucasus - Samsun.
Following the completion of internal procedures regulations COTIF and Uniform Rules to the Agreement on the International Carriage of Goods (CIM), which are Appendix B to COTIF, have become part of the Russian legal system, and therefore there was need for the practical use of standards and documents used in the field CIM activities.
In order to most effectively use these documents to document providing freight using rail-ferry Ust-Luga - Baltiysk - Sassnitz President of JSC "Russian Railways" was decided on joining JSC "Russian Railways" as a member of the CIT.
In addition, JSC "Russian Railways" is one of the main developers of the regulatory framework for the use of CIM / SMGS developed in a joint project by OSJD and CIT "Transportation and legal interoperability CIM / SMGS".
Since May 1, 2010, OAO "Russian Railways" is considered to be a full member of the CIT, has access to and the right to use all CIT guidelines governing the use of international rail transport law in the scope of COTIF and the possibility of practical use of the existing rules of the CIM.
The program of activities of CIT development of close cooperation with JSC "Russian Railways" is one of the main directions.
During the meeting of the General Assembly of CIT in 2011. JSC "Russian Railways" formally accepted part of one of the working bodies of CIT - CIM Commission.
The priority projects include:
- development of transport using a unified CIM / SMGS consignment note, including the transit of Russian railways to / from China and Mongolia;
- organization of transportation with rail and ferry Ust-Luga - Baltiysk - Sassnitz, as well as considering the possibility of the transport by CIM in railway-ferry communication between the ports of Kavkaz and Samsun (Turkey). To implement the project within the framework of a working group CIT "Multimodality", in which participate specialists of "Russian Railways", DB Schenker, OTIF, shipping companies;
- cooperation in international passenger traffic in terms of harmonization of CIV and SMPS.
These areas of cooperation are of practical importance for JSC "Russian Railways" in connection with the integration into the international transport market and the development of several international projects, including in terms of the harmonization of transport law, the development of international railway-ferry communication and international passenger traffic, as well as establishing cooperation with rail carriers operating in the CIM and CIV.