Welcome to EFIP

The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) is the official voice of nearly 200 inland ports in 17 countries of the European Union, Switzerland and Ukraine. EFIP has also an observer member in Serbia, the Group for Ports and Wharfs of the CCIS.

EFIP highlights and promotes the role of European inland ports as real intermodal nodal points in the transport and logistic chain, combining inland waterway transport with rail,  road, and maritime transport. 




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Commissioner Violeta Bulc, the Dutch Minister of Transport, Melanie Schultz,
and other 
high-level representatives from the European Union and from the sector
joined the VIP-event 'Inland navigation and ports in action' at the TEN-T days in Rotterdam. 

More pictures: click here



Get people to use whatever port, once they are on the water they will come to your port

efip quote  Bruce Lambert, Institute for Trade and Transportation Services, US

Latest news


Danube Transport Day: registrations are open!

On 7 September 2016, the “Danube Transport Day” will take place in the European Parliament, in Brussels. This event will bring together officials from the European Parliament and the European Commission with industry representatives from the main industries active in the Danube region.

The event will raise awareness for the economic potential of the Danube waterway axis and discuss on concrete actions and investment possibilities to improve the competitive situation of the main industries and foster development of the entire region. For more information: click here.

EU Transport sector campaign on the review of the MFF: More EU Budget for Transport, The Best Investment Plan for Europe

29 European transport organisations, representing infrastructure managers, operators, and users in the maritime, inland waterways, railways and air sector, are again joining efforts in a campaign to urge the European Parliament and the Council to increase the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget in the upcoming review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework. This will allow to enhance the role of transport as an enabler of economic growth and jobs, currently giving jobs to 20 million persons and accounting for 10% of total EU employment, and to represent the right move towards the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) completion, creating additional jobs and economic growth.

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The Circular Economy and Inland Ports  

The circular economy has an important potential for inland ports. Port areas are attractive for the recycling industry. The main reason for this is the proximity to cities, industries and the terminals. They are the providers of the supply for the recycling installations. The feedstock provided by big cities and the industry is generated locally. The terminal generates international feedstock. Inland ports provide crossing points between transport modes of waste streams with connections to hinterland and on-site industrial activities and a nearby urban setting.


This means that inland ports, despite their limited areal footprint, have access to significant quantities of bio wastes, surrounding bioenergy resources, biomass from crossing supply chains and energy from intensive activities. EFIP expects that new economies like the circular economy will emerge and that this will lead to new transport flows. It is an important trend for ports to attract these economies to locations along the network, along the inland waterways. Inland ports are therefore important crossroads of all kinds of waste and industrial streams and act as logistical hubs for the import/export of waste materials.




Good news about our ports

Port of Switzerland applies for funding for Dock Basin 3

The Port of Switzerland has submitted a funding application to the Swiss Federal Office of Transport for Dock Basin 3, which is part of the trimodal Gateway Basel Nord container terminal project. The planned Dock Basin 3 will link the container terminal to the inland shipping network so that the growing container traffic volumes can be accommodated over the long term. Furthermore, the dock basin will strengthen the competitiveness of Basel as a freight transshipment site, it will secure jobs in the region and promote the transfer of freight traffic from road to rail.

The Port of Ruse celebrates its 150th anniversary

2016, the Port of Ruse (Bulgaria) celebrates its 150th anniversary. This special milestone was celebrated with different events and activities. On 24 June, Alexander van den Bosch attended the final celebration: a concert at the Great Hall of Dohodno Zdanie, where he had the occasion to hand over an official EFIP flag.

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EFIP supports

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The Think Climate coalition partners are collaborating on an initiative entitled "Navigating a Changing Climate"




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