The Working Party held its 50. session 6 and 7 October 2008 in Geneva.
The session was informed by the European Commission on progress made in the implementation of the Freight Logistics Action Plan adopted in October 2007 and took note of recommendations by a UNECE Expert Group on Inland Transport Security.
The session reviewed latest developments in intermodal transport and logistics in UNECE member countries. Intermodal transport undertaken by UIRR companies had increased by 9 per cent in 2007 and at a similar rate in the first half of 2008. However, due to the declining economic performance in the second half of 2008, this development pace could not be pursued.
The Working Party continued to monitor and analyze national policy measures to promote intermodal transport and was informed by its intermodal transport observatory in the Ukraine of new developments along important Euro-Asian transport corridors, including the increasing use of the common CIM/SMGS consignment note.
The status of the AGTC Agreement and its Protocol on inland water transport was reviewed.
Due to time constraints, the Working Party did not consider the role and fields for Governmental action and policies in logistics and supply chain management. It could also not discuss the concept and practicability of the new UNCITRAL Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea. These issues will be considered at its next session in March 2009.