Implementation of the COTIF and European law that has an impact . COTIF UR CIM, Appendix B to. COTIF. General Terms and. The Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail is an intergovernmental COTIF was modified by a Protocol that was signed in Vilnius on 3 June These systems of law have been in existence for decades and are known as the CIV (for passengers) and CIM (for freight/goods) Uniform Rules. Webmaster: Baruno Wironugroho.

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Proposals and decisions shall be reproduced in full.

Items of registered luggage of which the condition or packaging is defective or which are inadequately packed or show obvious signs of damage may be refused by the railway. From that time onwards, the railway shall comply with the orders and instructions of the consignee.

Such suspension shall not apply to Member States octif notify the Central Office that, without having deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance ckm approval, they will apply the amendments decided upon by the General Assembly. The publication of international tariffs shall be compulsory only coti those States whose railways are parties to such tariffs as railways of departure or destination. A railway which has paid compensation in accordance with the Uniform Rules, for total or partial loss of, or for damage to, cin luggage, has a right of recourse against the other railways which have taken part in the carriage, in accordance with the following provisions:.

Children of five or more years of age but under ten years of age, and children under five for whom separate seats are claimed, shall be carried at reduced fares.

Uniform Rules concerning the Contract for. Any State wishing to accede to this Convention after it comes into force shall address its application to the Depositary Government together with a note cik the situation of its rail transport undertakings from the standpoint of international traffic.

The Organisation, members of its cktif, experts called in by it and representatives of Member States shall enjoy such privileges and immunities as are necessary to discharge their duties, subject to the conditions laid down in the Protocol annexed to the Convention, of which the Protocol shall form an integral part. One and the same consignment note may not relate to more than a single wagon load.


Prior to the Vilnius Protocol, the principal objective of OTIF was to develop uniform systems of law which could apply to the carriage of corif and freight in international rail traffic.

Save where the international tariffs otherwise provide, the carriage charges for registered luggage must be paid on registration.

In addition the person entitled may, if he proves that loss or damage has been suffered as a result of cotfi delay, claim compensation not exceeding the carriage charges for carriage of the vehicle. The Arbitration Tribunal shall decide the procedure to be followed having regard in particular to the following provisions:.

– Legislation

Nevertheless, Article 18 of the Convention and Articles 8, and 55 of the Uniform Rules shall remain applicable. The railway shall certify receipt of the goods and the date of acceptance for carriage by affixing the date stamp to or cotjf the accounting machine entry on the duplicate of the consignment note before returning the duplicate to the consignor.

The passenger shall, from the start of his journey, be in possession of a valid ticket; he shall retain it throughout the journey and, if required, produce it to railway staff responsible for inspecting tickets and give it up at the end of the journey. Such orders shall be given by means of a declaration, in the form laid down by the railway.

If a vacancy occurs, the Committee shall appoint another Member State for the remainder of the period. If the person entitled directs that the excess load be forwarded to the same destination station as the main load or to another destination station, or directs that it be returned to the forwarding station, the excess load shall be treated as a separate consignment.

The consignment note must be printed in two or where necessary in three languages, at least one of which shall be one of the working languages of the Organisation. With the agreement clm a majority cotit the Member States the Central Office shall invite international organisations concerned with transport matters or with problems which have been placed on the agenda to attend sessions of the General Assembly in an advisory capacity.

These include the harmonisation of transport law, the development of international rail and ferry services and international passenger transportation, as well as establishing cooperation with railway carriers operating in the field of Uniform Rules Concerning the Contract for International Carriage of Goods by Rail CIM and CIV.

Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail

The Committees may appoint working groups to deal with specific questions. The charges carriage charges, supplementary charges, Customs duties and other charges incurred from the time of acceptance for carriage to the time of delivery shall be paid by the consignor or the consignee in accordance with the following provisions. The railway shall, where it is at fault, be liable for any consequences arising from the loss, non-use or misuse of the documents referred to in the consignment note and accompanying it or deposited with the railway; nevertheless any compensation shall not exceed that payable in the event of loss of the goods.


The first subparagraph shall apply equally to judicial settlements. The tariffs and amendments to the tariffs shall be regarded as duly published from the time when the railway makes all the details thereof available to the users.

The forwarding station shall specify, in the consignment note and in the duplicate, the charges which have been cjm, unless the provisions in force at the forwarding station provide that those charges are only to be specified in the duplicate.

Acceptance is established by the application to the consignment note and, where appropriate, to each additional sheet, of the stamp of the forwarding station, or accounting machine entry, showing the date of acceptance. In the event of any contravention of Articles 17 or 18, the railway may collect a surcharge as laid down in the international tariffs, as well as any cmi in carriage charges and compensation for any loss or damage caused.

When partial loss of, or damage to, registered luggage is discovered or presumed by the railway or alleged by the person entitled, the railway must without delay, and if possible in the presence of the person entitled, draw up a report stating, according to the nature of the loss or damage, the condition of the registered luggage, its vim and, as far as possible, the extent of the loss or damage, its cause and the time of its occurrence.

Refusal to carry certain passengers. Within thirty days after receipt of such notification, cottif person entitled may require the item of luggage to be delivered to him at any station on the route.

Member States – Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)

Since September the membership of Iraq and Lebanon have been suspended until international railway traffic with these countries xim restored. Dec 12, Oleg Belozerov: Subject to the foregoing provisions, the suspension and interruption of periods of limitation shall be governed by national law. Form and limit of damages in case of death or personal injury.