Regulations, Pricing and Conditions

Learn more about applicable regulations, our pricing, our general conditions of sale and carriage, special conditions, and customs requirements.

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General and special conditions

Our general conditions govern any service we provide to you under contract.

Special conditions outline the terms specific to each of our freight transport services, including our single-wagon (MLMC), full-trainload and multimodal offers, provision and use of wagons, and supplemental services.

Our pricing: How it works

Our fees apply to all stations used for carriage and to all services provided under contract by Fret SNCF. Carriage pricing is based on distance travelled, and services are invoiced on a unit price basis.

Download our price list for the French rail network

Within the EU

When you export goods within the European Union, you must submit an EC Sales List (ESL) to customs.

Outside the EU

Exports 

Before you consign goods to your carrier, you must clear your exports through the regional customs office (Centre Régional de Dédouanement, or CRD) for the departure station.

Imports 

When you import third-country goods (i.e., goods not originating in an EU country) into the EU, they must clear customs.

Who is responsible for customs declarations?

You or your representative must declare your goods to customs.

Customs transit

Customs transit procedures apply to transported goods that come under the purview of customs.

What goods are affected?

Imports: These procedures apply only to goods from non-EU member countries.

Exports: Customs transit procedures apply in two cases:

  • when you ship goods directly to a country that is a party to the Convention on a Common Transit Procedure (Norway, Switzerland or Turkey)
  • when you ship goods through a country that is a party to the Convention—for example, if you ship goods from France to Slovenia via Switzerland.

How does the customs transit process work?

Under customs transit procedures, you or your representative must sign a transit declaration, pledging that the goods will be presented again, intact, at a specified place and within the agreed time limits, by the “principal” (i.e., the party that has assumed responsibility for the goods). 

When you ship by rail, you must select one of two procedures:

  • Normal procedure. You submit the transit declaration electronically, using the New Computerized Transit System (NCTS). Under this procedure, you are the principal. The Transit Accompanying Document—a paper version of the electronic declaration—travels with the goods to their destination.
  • Simplified rail transport procedure. The CIM* waybill is used as the transit declaration, and the rail company acts as the principal in dealing with customs authorities.

Our fees for handling these procedures are specified in the Supplemental Services section of our price list.

* The CIM waybill is a rail transport document under the International Convention concerning the Carriage of Goods by Rail (CIM) and is prepared by the shipper and the rail company for use outside France. The rail company formally accepts the contract of carriage by stamping the waybill with the date the goods departed the station.

Visit the website for French Customs

Dangerous goods regulation (RID)

Special regulations

RID* is a specific set of regulations for carriage of dangerous goods in Europe. It defines the safety guidelines that apply to all European shippers and carriers of goods that pose a risk to human beings or the environment.

*Regulations concerning the International carriage of Dangerous goods by rail

European safety regulations

RID was drafted by the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF), a group of 46 member countries. In Europe, RID is enforced under European Directive 2008/68/CE, and each member country has its own enforcement mechanism. In France, RID is enforce under a ministerial order (the TDG* order or arrêté TMD).

To ensure your safety and protect the environment, RID lists dangerous goods that can be shipped from loading site to delivery site, subject to certain rules.

There are 13 categories of dangerous goods, each with its own set of requirements.

*Transport of dangerous goods

Responsibilities of the shipper and the carrier

RID outlines the responsibilities of the shipper and the carrier of dangerous goods in five key areas:

  • safety measures required during loading and unloading
  • safety checks required before the wagon departs
  • shipping information: the driver must know what he is shipping and how hazardous it is, and the wagons must be marked with a label showing what the goods are and how hazardous they are.
  • parking and transport conditions
  • what to do in the event of incident or accident

Like any other operator that ships, carries or receives hazardous goods, Fret SNCF must comply with these regulations.