What is combined transport?

Professional transportation companies provide a wide range of services, including road, rail, sea, and air transport. Our customers are familiar with the specifics of the aforementioned areas of our operations. However, we’re often inquired about combined transport. Are you familiar with this concept? Find out more!

Definition of combined transport under the Road Transport Act.

Pursuant to the Act of 6 September 2001 on Road Transport, the combined transport we have mentioned is to be understood as

carriage of goods during which the lorry, trailer, semi-trailer with or without a towing unit, swap body or 20-foot container or larger container uses the road in the initial or final stage (leg) of the journey, whereas the major part of the journey is by rail, inland waterways or sea, with the sea leg exceeding 100 km in a straight line;

The initial or final leg means the transport between a point where the items are loaded, and the nearest appropriate rail loading station for the initial leg and between the nearest appropriate rail landing station and the point where the items are unloaded, for the final leg of journey. It also means a transport within a radius not exceeding 150 km in a straight line from the inland or sea port of loading or unloading;

Classification of combined transport

Combined transport is, among other things, a typical transport carried out by multiple operators. It also includes bimodal transport, which is coordinated by a single operator, intermodal transport – also carried out by a single operator (intermodal operator) and multimodal transport – also carried out by a single operator (multimodal operator).