Office central des transports internationaux ferroviaires (OCTI)

Central Office for International Carriage by Rail
Zentralamt für den Internationalen Eisenbahnverkehr

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14 Oct 1890, Bern (Switzerland), by the International Convention Concerning the Carriage of Goods by Rail (CIM), 14 Oct 1890, Bern, functioning as the administrative organ of the Convention, which came into force 1 Jan 1893. Originally referred to in English as Central Office for International Transport by Railway or Central Office for International Railway Transport and in French as Office central des transports internationaux par chemins de fer. On coming into force of Convention Concerning International Carriage by Rail, 1980 (COTIF), 1 May 1985, OCTI became an internal body of Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF), acting as its permanent Secretariat. When the 1999 Amendment Protocol and thus the new version of COTIF entered into force, 1 July 2006, the Secretary General assumed the functions of Secretariat of OTIF and OCTI ceased to exist.


Create a uniform legal system for international rail transport, COTIF, and facilitate and ensure the execution and development of its provisions; establish a complete codification of international transport law in respect of the carriage of goods, passengers and luggage by rail (CIM/CIV); meet the needs of carriage by more than one mode of transport - rail-sea, rail-land -by covering traffic also using road, inland waterways and sea services.

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As permanent Secretariat of OTIF: compiles and keeps up to date lists of lines subject to 'Convention on International Carriage by Rail (COTIF)' to which CIM and CIV apply (uniform rules on carriage of goods and of passengers and luggage respectively); gathers and publishes information on international transport services; gives de jure opinions on disputes arising from interpretation or application of the Convention; performs duties of Registrar to the Arbitration Tribunal instituted by the Convention; prepares and arranges meetings of the various bodies of OTIF, especially General Assemblies, Revision Conferences and sessions of the Committees; examines proposals put forward by member states; puts forward its own suggestions for amendment of the Convention; organizes training courses and meetings, including joint RID/ADR/ADN meetings in common with the Group of Experts on the Carriage of Dangerous Goods of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).


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Subjects *

  • Transportation, Telecommunications
    • Transportation
    • Communications
    • Railways
    • Handling
    • Travellers
  • Commerce
    • Merchandise
  • Law
    • Law
    • Legality

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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2. Nov 2006
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