FERRMED – promoting rail freight and intermodality in Europe
5 August 2014 • Author(s): Joan Amorós i Pla, Executive Secretary General of FERRMED
FERRMED is a non-profit multi-sectorial association that was founded by the private sector in Brussels in August 2004 in order to improve rail freight transportation and industrial competitiveness in Europe. Joan Amorós i Pla, Executive Secretary General of FERRMED explains more about how the association works and what it stands for.
FERRMED promotes the implementation of common technical railway standards – the so-called ‘FERRMED Standards’ which are the improvement of the connections of ports and airports with their respective hinterlands; achieving the ‘Full FERRMED Corridors’ (for freight, considering only the most important parts of the EU Railway Core Network); and the conception of a Great Rail Freight Axis Scandinavia–Rhine–Rhone–Western Mediterranean.
Another key FERRMED objective is the optimisation of the full logistics chain considering appropriate inter-modality, reducing costs, increasing quality, assuring traceability and reliability, accomplishing lead times and timetables and improving management procedures in the transportation system.
The Global Study entrusted to a prestigious European consortium of consultancy companies demonstrates that the application of FERRMED Standards is the only way to reverse the decreasing share of railway in EU land transportation and to increase its competitiveness.