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About Intermodal Transport

The Working Party on Intermodal Transport and Logistics (WP.24 and its predecessors) has, since 1951, provided a forum for exchange of technical, legal and policy information, as well as best practices, in combined and intermodal transport at the Pan-European level. This works prepares the ground for policy advice and for the negotiation and administration of multilateral legal instruments.


The objective is to promote combined and intermodal transport in the 56 UNECE member countries and to ensure the maximum utilization of equipment, infrastructure and terminals used for such transport.


The Working Party brings together eminent experts from UNECE Governments, the European Commission, non-governmental organizations (UIRR, UIC, OTIF, CIT, IRU, BIC, IRF, CLECAT, ISOFIATA, etc.) as well as concerned industries and academia. Its structure and working procedure is able to quickly address newly emerging issues. The Working Party meets once a year in Geneva and has assisted industries and transport policy makers in areas such as:

  • Pan-European networks and service standards for combined transport (AGTC) (see link in left menu)
  • Interregional Euro-Asian land transport links
  • Efficient intermodal loading units
  • Administration of the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code)
  • Safety in intermodal transport operations
  • Liability provisions for intermodal transport
  • Combined/intermodal transport terms
  • National policy measures to promote intermodal transport
  • Intermodal transport as part of modern transport chains and logistics

Looking back and peering forward
A PDF document on the work of WP.24 (English, French, Russian)
Tryptique WP.24: English, French, Russian