Network Project Logistics Inc. provides services for import and export shipments to/from Eastern Europe, Middle East, Russia, CIS countries by rail, on wagon or delivered at the border. By choosing suitable wagons based on the nature of goods and ensuring transportation in a high-quality environment, Network Project Logistics Inc. constantly explores new projects to enhance railway transportation’s efficiency in the international freight transportation industry. This initiative promotes competition in terms of transportation time and freight rates.
With its skilled technical team, Network Project Logistics Inc. facilitates the transfer of freight and containers arriving at ports to third countries via railway transportation, ensuring delivery to the final buyer. The company also provides speedy replacement of wagon axles (bogie) and transfer of wagons at stations with varying railway line spans.
What is COTIF?
COTIF (Convention Concerning International Carriage by Rail) is the Convention Concerning International Transportation by Railway. This is an international convention setting out all the rules and responsibilities regarding railway transportation, the use and operation of wagons.
The foundations of COTIF were laid in the late 19th century The foundations of COTIF were laid in the late 19th century with the idea of standardizing railway transportation between European countries and using a uniform railway. At the turn of the 20th century, a structure was established in which Switzerland assumed the main administrative and oversight role. This structure was modified in 1956 and a committee of European countries was established. However, this new structure did not meet the requirements of the era and the “Convention on International Rail Transportation” (COTIF) was signed in Bern in 1980.
We offer multimodal, intermodal, or direct railway transportation services with closed, platform, or open-top wagons, tailored to the type and quantity of your freight. Our primary service areas include Central Asian and European rail lines, where we operate under both SMGS and CIM contracts.
CIM and SMGS
CIM is an international contract for the carriage of goods by rail. Its origins come from French (contrat de transport international ferroviaire des marchandises). CIM is the name of both the convention that outlines the rights, responsibilities, and obligations of all parties involved in rail transport and the international rail transport document prepared in accordance with this convention.
SMGS, like CIM in Europe, is a cooperation agreement and a railway transport document for freight transportation signed by the railway administrations of Eastern European and Asian countries.