Who we are

Founded in 1950, the UIP – International Union of Wagon Keepers, with its seat in Brussels, is the umbrella association of national associations from fourteen European countries, thus representing more than 250 freight wagon keepers and ECMs with more than 220’000 freight wagons, performing 50 % of the rail freight tonne-Kilometres throughout Europe. The UIP represents the members’ concerns at international level. By means of research, lobbying and focused cooperation with all stakeholders and organisations interested in rail freight transportation, the UIP wants to secure on the long term the future of rail freight transport.

What we represent

As the voice for more than 220’00 rail freight wagons, we represent one of the most important resources for rail freight transportation in Europe.  At UIP our priority is to support wagon keepers and those who have a role as Entities in Charge of Maintenance in achieving higher economic performance and adapting to modern logistics chain requirements.

In Economic terms, UIP stands for:

  • a 12bn € private investment in existing rolling stock
  • a yearly 400 – 500mio € private investment in new rolling stock

Private keepers' wagon fleet 2021

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Private keepers' wagon fleet in numbers

Type of wagon 2019 2020 2021
RID but not class-2 50.261 53.020 53.921
RID class 2 17.446 19.158 19.373
Non-RID 10.763 6.520 6.803
Total tank 78.470 78.698 80.097
Combined 36.613 37.796 37.540
Flat 26.992 25.297 22.971
Total intermodal 63.605 63.093 60.511
Open hopper 18.039 17.343 16.649
Covered hopper 12.496 10.881 11.362
Powder hopper 7.600 7.727 7.481
Total hopper 38.135 35.951 35.492
Covered 16.580 16.121 16.454
Open box 7.818 7.093 8.135
Total conventional 24.398 23.214 24.589
Car-Carrier 11.149 11.666 11.618
Coils 4.415 5.953 7.455
Others 4.743 4.706 3.715
Total special purpose 20.307 22.325 22.788
224.915 223.281 223.477


Our strategic objectives

Looking at improving the attractiveness and competitiveness of rail freight services in Europe, we aim at:

  • increasing the awareness among policy and decision makers of the role of the wagon keepers in the railway system and in the logistics supply-chain
  • developing an economically sound long-term vision for investments in rail freight wagons
  • ensuring fair market conditions between transport modes and fair intramodal competition (freight vs. passenger)
  • developing a common culture for efficient exchanges of information and relevant data among the actors in the railway system and the supply chain, including freight customers
  • promoting regulatory stability and consistency at EU level to ensure wagon interoperability and safety while respecting the lifecycle of the assets (25-35 years)

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