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Intermodal transport: combined transport of goods between Member States

This Directive aims to reduce road transport by developing combined transport bringing together rail, inland waterway and sea transport.

ACT

Council Directive 92/106/EEC of 7 December 1992 on the establishment of common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods between Member States [See amending acts].

SUMMARY

This Directive applies to intermodal transport operations.

Intermodal or combined transport means the transport of goods between Member States where the vehicle uses the road on the initial or final leg of the journey and, on the other leg, rail or inland waterway or maritime services where this section exceeds 100 km as the crow flies and makes the initial or final road transport leg of the journey:

  • between the point where the goods are loaded and the nearest suitable rail loading station for the initial leg and between the nearest suitable rail unloading stations and the point where the goods are unloaded for the final leg, or
  • within a radius not exceeding 150 km as the crow flies from the inland waterway port or seaport of loading or unloading.

The transport document to be provided in the case of combined or intermodal transport must specify the rail loading and unloading stations relating to the rail leg, the inland waterway loading and unloading ports relating to the inland waterway leg or the maritime loading and unloading ports relating to the maritime section of the journey.

All hauliers established in a Member State who meet the conditions of access to the occupation and access to the market for transport of goods between Member States may, in the context of a combined transport operation between Member States, carry out initial and/or final road haulage legs which form an integral part of the combined transport operation and which may or may not include the crossing of a frontier.

The Commission must draw up a report to the Council every two years on the development of combined transport.

Member States take the necessary measures to ensure that the motor vehicle taxes applicable to road vehicles routed in combined transport are reduced or reimbursed.

In this context, an exemption from compulsory tariff regulations for initial or final road haulage legs forming part of combined transport operations is planned.

The Directive also provides for provisions specific to combined transport operations where the dispatching/receiving undertaking carries out the initial/final road haulage leg for its own account. The receiving/dispatching undertaking may then also carry out the transport operation for its own account under certain conditions.

REFERENCES

ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Directive 92/106/EEC15.12.19921.7.1993OJ L 368 of 17.12.1992

Amending act(s)Entry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Directive 2006/103/EC1.1.2007-OJ L 363 of 20.12.2006
Last updated: 28.01.2008
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