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The programme will be organised in four thematic sessions:

  • Transcontinental corridors – myth or reality for business development?
  • Connecting land-locked regions
  • Accessibility of Freight Corridors
  • Paperless, on-line and real time

The current list of confirmed and requested speakers contains many senior level representatives and renowned experts from the forwarding and logistics industries, as well as from transport and infrastructure providers.

Session 1 will be introduced by UIC Freight Director, Ms Sandra Géhénot and be followed by a presentation from Wilhelm Patzner, CEO, Far East Land Bridge Ltd. (confirmed). A Managing Director from a European Rail Freight Corridor (confirmation pending) will report on the achievements and the potential of the corridor model. Mr Norbert Dierks from BMW (confirmed) and one more company representative (confirmation pending) will complete the picture with their business views on the topic.

Session 2 will focus on the role of inland hubs. Eric Lambert, Senior Business Development Manager at CFL Multimodal (confirmed) will present recent intermodal hub investments and available services in Luxembourg. Thomas Kargl, Member of the Board of Rail Cargo Group (Austria) and Olaf Krüger, Chairman of the Board of the International Rail Freight Business Association e.V. (both confirmed) will contribute their approach on the topic of this session. Moreover, a presentation on the impressive Chinese “One Belt One Road” project is foreseen, but confirmation is still pending.

Session 3 will be opened by Thorsten Dieter, Senior Vice President Service Design at DB Cargo, who will shed light on the challenges a full-service provider is facing on the corridors. His presentation will be followed by contributions from Mr Renzo Capanni, HUPAC, Ms Monika Konsor-Fąferek from PCC Intermodal (confirmed), and concluded by Mr Ralf-Charley Schultze, UIRR (all confirmed).

Session 4 will be dedicated to what is usually known as “digitalisation challenges” and focus on customer requirements and available solutions. It is foreseen that Mr Dmitry Verbov (confirmation pending) will open this session by presenting the Electronic Trade Platform of GEFCO Russia. A presentation by CCTT (confirmed) on pilot trains with electronic seals will follow. A senior representative from the European Shippers’ Council will highlight shippers’ requirements on Estimated Time of Arrival. The session is to be concluded by a presentation of the “Intelligent Wagon” project (speaker confirmation pending).