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. 

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No to ribbon development along the water, with behind it a congested city that is having more and more problems with its supply over land. In almost all cities on the waterside one can see that companies are unable to bid against real estate developers…. A balance should be found between living on the waterside, recreation and economy. One can only reach such a balance if the town is clearly indicating the direction. It is time that not only engaged inhabitants but also creative entrepreneurs are sitting together with “the town”.

efip quote  Dirk Sterckx, Member of the European Parliament, in De Standaard, 20 September 2010

Latest news


Key role for multimodal inland ports to increase EU's competitiveness and tackle environmental challenges 

EU Transport ministers see a key role for multimodal inland ports to increase EU’s competitiveness, to contribute to the decarbonisation of transport and to reduce the environmental impact of the transport sector.

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Inland Waterways and ports open TEN-T days with innovation power

On Monday 20 June, 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. 

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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


The inland DeltaPort gets PERS certified

EFIP is delighted to congratulate DeltaPort GmbH (Germany) for achieving the Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification after the positive evaluation of its application by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance at the end of December. DeltaPort is the first ever (purely) inland port that gets PERS certified and EFIP is in close cooperation with the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) for further expanding the EcoPorts network to European inland ports.

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Grant agreement for barge appointment system signed by Upper Rhine Ports and European Commission

On December 1st, 2015, the directors of the involved ports, Karlsruhe and Strasbourg, together with RheinPorts Basel-Mulhouse-Weil am Rhein, have signed a grant agreement with the European Commission for the ‘Upper Rhine traffic management system’. This barge appointment system is a promising and innovative project for the optimisation of the traffic management within the TEN-T Rhine-Alpine Corridor. 

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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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