Freight carriage

freight carriage

In addition to passenger carriage, we offer freight carriage operator services nationally and across borders. Railway freight carriage is designed for moving large amounts of cargo.

There are two types of railway freight carriage: local carriage, in which no state borders are crossed; and international carriage, in which case at least the Estonian border is crossed.

Local carriage can be between freight stations as well as carriage within a company on their own site or between the company’s different units where cargo is loaded on the company’s own site.

International carriage is freight carriage that involves crossing the Estonian border. Carriage is divided into transit, export and import carriage.

Transit carriage is freight carriage through Estonia. What type of carriage the freight arrived in or left Estonia by is not important: what is important is that the cargo makes at least one border crossing on the rails. Land freight transport is when carriage takes place between two border stations and cargo is only moved by rail.

Export carriage is when cargo is taken out of Estonia via a border station. Import carriage, on the other hand, is when cargo is brought across the border to a final station in Estonia.


International carriage regulations

  • Agreement on International Goods Transport by Rail (SMGS)
  • International Railway Tariff (MTT)
  • Railway tariff policies of CIS states, Georgia, Latvia and Estonia (tariff agreement)
  • Railway law

International carriage is organised with an SMGS consignment note; local carriage with an EKS consignment note. The payment terms of freight carriage can be found in the Freight Carriage Payment guidelines.