INTEGRATION OF THE TARIFF SYSTEM OF THE RAILWAYS IN RESPECT OF INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT TRAFFIC

The tariff system constitutes the recognized instrument of commercial policy. Since the latter is always conditioned by the socio-economic environment, it is advisable to identify straightaway this environment which, in this case, is that of the countries with a market economy in Western Europe, where transport is governed by competition and by the free choice exercised by the users. Between these countries, freight exchanges have developed considerably in recent years. The traffic entrusted to road has progressed significantly. This expansion has been stimulated by various factors, in particular the flexibility of its tariff system. Generally speaking, the railways have marked time; the reason for the stagnation of their traffic has been attributed, among other things, to insufficient collaboration at international level. In particular, the conventional tariff system has given rise to criticism because, in some quarters, it has proved to be poorly adapted to the present circumstances of the transport market. The best expedients will probably be those which are based on the concept of common railway interests, for it is a fact that constant consideration of individual interests is proving paralysing and inadequate. The most effective expedients will also be those devised in an atmosphere of reciprocal confidence justifying delegation of authority between railways.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Railway Congress Association

    17-21 rue de Louvrain
    1000 Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Authors:
    • De Haeck, F
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

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  • Accession Number: 00096537
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Rail International
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 1975 12:00AM