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Railways role in intermodality and the digitalization of transport documents

Published: July 2018

The present publication (download here) concerns intermodal transport, with a particular focus on the role of railways in intermodality and the importance of transport documents computerisation for intermodal transport.

The publication is divided in three main parts:

  1. a first section discusses the intermodality and the role of railways by providing data on the significance of the contribution of railways to intermodal transport drawing from official statistics. The discussion of the role of railways in intermodality continues with the illustration of case studies of intermodal transport involving rail in the ECE region;
  2. a second section looks at transport document digitalization and at the importance of the shift towards e-documents as well as to risks and barriers;
  3. the third section reports the case studies discussed during the workshop on Railways, intermodal transport and the digitalization of transport documents held in Geneva on 23 November 2017 during the sixtieth session of the Working Party on Intermodal Transport and Logistics. This section is further divided in two parts, one devoted to case studies discussed in relation to the role of railways in intermodality and one dedicated to the digitalization of transport documents.

A section on recommendations closes the report.