EU Combined Transport - Questionnaire


The European Commission (Directorate General for Mobility and Transport) is planning a possible amendment to Directive 92/106/EEC on the establishment of common rules for certain types of combined transport (CT) of goods between Member States.

To support the elaboration of the amendment proposal and the assessment of the impacts thereof, the Commission has contracted TRT Trasporti e territorio (IT) and MDS Transmodal (UK) to conduct a survey among operators and stakeholders to gather further data on CT operations in the EU and in all Member States.

The survey focuses on the transhipment operations and on the costs of CT compared with the all road solutions, with a view to develop effective support measures for the combined transport.

Your participation in this online survey is important to ensure that the European Commission is able to prepare the most appropriate amendment proposal to support the European CT sector, based on a comprehensive data set.

The reference year for the survey is 2015 and so, wherever possible, please provide data for the 2015 calendar year. Where that is not possible, please provide data for your most recent financial year.

We would appreciate very much if you could answer to the survey before December 15th.

You can download a preview of the questionnaire in PDF format: EU Combined Transport_Questionnaire.pdf


COMBINED TRANSPORT1 is defined as intermodal freight transport within the European Union using at least two modes of transport from which one is road transport and the other is rail, inland waterways (IWW) or short sea shipping (SSS). Combinations of road transport with ocean going maritime transport and air transport are not covered.

TRANSHIPMENT is any operation transferring a loading unit (for example a container, swap body, trailer or semi-trailer) from one mode of transport to another without loading/unloading the goods to/from the loading units. The number of transhipments are therefore the number of transfers of the loading unit between modes irrespective of the number of moves made during the transfer. For example, transferring a container from a ship to a lorry at a container terminal would count as one transhipment even if the container is first moved to storage in the terminal and then to a lorry.

All responses that you will provide to this questionnaire will be used only for statistical elaborations. Your individual responses as well as your personal details will never be published or reported.

1 According to the Directive 92/106/EEC (Art. 1), “combined transport means the transport of goods between Member States where the lorry, trailer, semi-trailer, with or without tractor unit, swap body or container of 20 feet or more 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 make 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 station 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.”