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Transport guidelines

  • The loading unit must display a valid identification code (ISO label or UIC code), which means it is officially approved for transport by rail.
  • When transporting hazardous goods or waste, a complete and correct set of labels must be affixed to the loading unit.
  • Loading units liable for duty must be accompanied by the appropriate customs documentation and labels. Customs labels and seals must be in perfect condition.
  • The freight must be loaded and secured in accordance with existing guidelines for combined transport (see also BGL/BGF practice handbook "Laden und Sichern" (Loading and Securing), volume 2, Ladungssicherung im kombinierten Ladungsverkehr (Load securing for combined transport road/rail). Special loading rules apply and must be adhered to when transporting steel coils.
  • All doors, end walls and side panels of the loading unit must be closed and secured.
  • All hinges on doors and tailgates must be in excellent condition.
  • There must be no significant dents or tears in the side walls, end walls or load-bearing parts of a loading unit.
  • The grappler pockets on a loading unit handled by grapplers must be in excellent condition. A marker stripe, in yellow or any contrasting colour and approximately 100 mm wide, is required above each grappler pocket for crane loading operations. Any tarpaulin protectors placed above the grappler pockets must not project beyond the stop face of the latter, and must not be twisted or loose.
  • Care must be taken to ensure that the document box or compartment provided for accompanying documentation on the loading unit is undamaged.
  • As a rule, the closure devices of loaded loading units must have suitable means of securing cargo (e.g. seals, safety locks).

Identification plate for semi-trailers and (tank) swap bodies
Loading units used in combined transport must display a valid CT identification code on each longitudinal side. The yellow code number plate is required for all loading units handled by grapplers (e.g. semi-trailers, (tank) swap bodies). The same applies to all loading units whose dimensions differ from standard ISO dimensions (20, 30, 40, 45 foot). Not only does this serve to indicate official authorisation, it also facilitates the correct classification of loading units and wagons during terminal operations. The contents can differ in structure depending on the type of loading unit.

You will find more detailed information on the marking of loading units here.

Certain factors must also be taken into consideration owing to the structural differences between loading units. You can find more information about transport guidelines here:

Terminal-Check-In Brochure
Our terminal-check-in brochure will give you an overview of key safety criteria and guidelines for the transport of intermodal loading units.
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