Our teams are committed to advancing rail in Europe.

By forming unique partnerships and joining key industry organizations, we help to create sustainable rail technology, set new standards, and grow the rail community. Following GATX’s values and philosophy on safety, our dedicated team works tirelessly to spearhead the international exchange of ideas and collaborate on cross-organisational safety initiatives.

Associations GATX is part of and / or works closely with
UIP – International Union of Private Wagons
Umbrella association representing more than 250 freight wagon keepers and ECMs with more than 220’000 freight wagons. The UIP represents the members’ concerns at international level.
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VPI – The Austrian Association of Private Wagon Keepers, GATX holds presidency
Central representation of interests for independent wagon keepers in rail freight transport. Represents the interests of currently more than 50 members nationally and internationally.
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VPI – The German Association of Private Wagon Keepers
The VPI represents the interests of private owners of freight cars in Germany. We ensure good technical, legal and operational framework conditions in rail freight transport.
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VAP – The Swiss Association of Wagon Keepers
Representing the interests of around 300 organizations in the loading and logistics industry transporting goods by any combination of rail, road, ship, and air.
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ASSOFERR – The Italian Association of Wagon Keepers
ASSOFERR is the result of the merger of the two associations ASSOCARRI and SUNFER, which until then had represented the interests of operators in the private railcar sector.
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AFWP – The French Association of Wagon Keepers
Defending the interests of wagon keepers and owners as well as those of repair workshops. With its 75 members, AFWP represents keepers of 45,000 freight wagons and 21 repair workshops.
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SWP – The Polish Association of Wagon Keepers, GATX holds presidency
The aim of SWP is to take care of the common interests of railcar owners or users, as well as of all other entities dealing with private cars, and to represent them towards governmental bodies, organizations or third parties, both nationally and in Europe.
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UIC – International Railway Union
The worldwide professional association representing the railway sector and promoting rail transport. UIC leads an innovative and dynamic sector, helping members find continuing success and opportunities.
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CER – European Railway and Infrastructure Companies
Represents the interests of its members on the EU policy-making scene, in particular supports an improved business and regulatory environment for European railway operators and railway infrastructure companies.
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ERFA – European Rail Freight Association
ERFA represents private and independent railway companies from across Europe and is the voice of new entrants to support the European vision for a liberalised railway market.
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ERA – European Railway Agency
The EU Agency for Railways is mandated to issue single safety certificates and vehicle (type) authorisations valid in multiple European countries and to ensure an interoperable European Rail Traffic Management System, in the development and implementation of the Single European Railway Area.
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GCU – General Contract of Use for Wagons
The General Contract of Use for Wagons (GCU) is a multilateral contract based on the international convention COTIF 1999 and Annex CUV. The GCU specifies the mutual rights and obligations of Wagon Keepers (K) and Railway Undertakings (RU) with regard to the use of rail freight wagons as a means of transport throughout Europe and beyond.
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Pro Rail Alliance – Germany’s most extraordinary transport association
It unites 24 non-profit organizations and more than 150 railway sector companies, which collaboratively aim at the promotion and improvement of rail traffic in Germany. The main objective of increased rail traffic also promotes climate protection, thus German tax authorities classify them as a non-profit entity.
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IBS – International Rail Freight Business Association
The IBS Association was founded in 1996 as an organization of rail forwarding companies and is currently being designed by approximately 60 member companies from 16 countries.
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UIRR – International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport
The International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR) is the industry association for the sector of Combined Transport in Brussels. Its members are Combined Transport Operators and Combined Transport Terminals.
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RSRD² – Rolling Stock Reference Database
On behalf of the UIP, and under the leadership of GATX, the Rolling Stock Reference Database (RSRD2) has become the European Union’s leading online portal for rolling stock reference and wagon performance data.
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