2020 Report on Combined Transport in Europe 12/11/20

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2020 Report on Combined Transport in Europe

UIC in collaboration with UIRR published the eighth biennial report providing a comprehensive overview of the current situation of Combined Transport in Europe in 2020.

The 2020 edition of the “Report on Combined Transport” compiles up-to-date information on rail/road Combined Transport volumes for the year 2019 for all market segments and gathers the market participants’ assessment on market structures and future developments. For this purpose, a market study on combined transport was conducted throughout Europe by BSL Transportation Consultants, in which the main stakeholders in combined transport were surveyed.

The market is ready to face the 30%by2030 challenge of RFF - which would mean 700bn tkm for rail freight, 450bn of which will have to be intermodal = +150% in 10 years.

Amongst other topics and general market information, the report provides:

  • an overview of the increasing modal split of rail freight and Combined Transport in European freight transport (180 bn tkm/year in 2019)
  • the increasing volumes and market shares of the Combined Transport with a growth of more than 50% in the last decade – including detailed analyses of development in individual market segments,
  • the market structure and actors in Combined Transport operation,
  • the economic importance of the CT market with a market volume of more than EUR 6 bn, yet the current challenges,
  • market actor’s assessment on main challenges of future European CT market
  • a detailed overview of national CT-support programmes in Europe,
  • the expected impact of the coronavirus on transport volumes and costs, as well as
  • a growth forecast for the Combined Transport volume.

In addition, a particular focus of the 2020 report lies on the presentation of regional disparities between selected regions in Europe, along with intermodal loading units (ILU), which are examined with regard to their structure and use in Combined Transport. Furthermore, the study gives an overview of the role of terminals in the CT chain, their capacities and services offered.


This year’s edition and past reports can be found on the UIC webpage https://uic.org/freight/combined-transport/#documents



Notes on UIC and UIRR

The UIC Combined Transport Group (CTG) has the aim of developing cooperation at international and community level between all Railway Undertakings, with a view to advancing and promoting intermodal techniques and making them reliable, competitive and better-suited to the requirements of the market and the environment. The CTG is open to all interested railways who operate international combined transport traffic.

For more information about the Combined Transport Group, please consult the website: http://www.uic.org/combined-transport-group

For more information please contact Constanze Bannholzer, Senior Freight Advisor: bannholzer@uic.org


UIRR, the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport,  founded in 1970, represents the interests of European road-rail Combined Transport Operators and Transhipment Terminal Managers. Road-Rail Combined Transport (CT) is a system of freight forwarding which is based on efficiently and economically inserting electric rail into long-distance (road) transport-chains through the use of intermodal loading units (ILU).

For more information aboutUIRR's mission and activities, please consult the website:  http://www.uirr.com/

The Report is available for download below.

For more information please contact Eric Feyen, Technical Director, efeyen@uirr.com

Documents correspondants
2020 Report on CT in Europe EN