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 2020

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Private keepers' wagon fleet in numbers

Type of wagon 2018 2019 2020
RID but not class-2 48.851 50.261 53.020
RID class 2 16.888 17.446 19.158
Non-RID 8.713 10.763 6.520
Total tank 74.452 78.470 78.698
Combined 26.367 36.613 37.796
Flat 16.618 26.992 25.297
Total intermodal 42.985 63.605 63.093
Open hopper 10.977 18.039 17.343
Covered hopper 11.323 12.496 10.881
Powder hopper 7.690 7.600 7.727
Total hopper 29.990 38.135 35.951
Covered 14.659 16.580 16.121
Open box 6.233 7.818 7.093
Total conventional 20.892 24.398 23.214
Car-Carrier 11.630 11.149 11.666
Coils 3.125 4.415 5.953
Others 19.703 4.743 4.706
Total special purpose 34.458 20.307 22.325
202.777 224.915 223.281

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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