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. 





2016.04.13 efip exco vukovar

Picture caption: Božana Matos (CEO Port Authority of Vukovar,
first row third from left) welcomed European Inland Ports
and keynote speakers on 7-8 April.


Only a well coordinated effort, a balanced infrastructure, a modernised fleet, a well organised network of inland ports, in synthesis a harmonised approach and a close cooperation between public and private enterprises can integrate inland navigation into the transport network

efip quote  Karla Peijs, EU coordinator for inland waterways

Latest news


The Port Authority of Osijek joins EFIP!

EFIP is delighted to welcome the Port Authority of Osijek as a new member.

The Port Authority of Osijek is a public non-profit legal institution established under the Act on the Inland Ports in 2001. The Port of Osijek is located on the river Drava in the city of Osijek, administrative centre of Osijek-Baranja County. It is located in the non-urbanized eastern part of the City of Osijek and about 5 km from the city centre. Total area of the existing port area is 150 ha with the coastline 3,5 km, and it is very good connected by rail and road with hinterland and only 8,5 km far from the airport.

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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.



TEN-T Days 2016: registrations are now open (Rotterdam, 20-22 June)

The Commission has opened today the online registrations for the TEN-T Days that will take place in Rotterdam from 20 to 22 June. Registrations are open until 10 June here: http://www.tentdays.eu/2016/

This yearly high-level meeting on EU infrastructure policy – the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) and the Connecting Europe facility (CEF) – will gather several key players in the transport sector: EU Ministers, Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the TEN-T Coordinators, the European Investment Bank, Ministers from Europe's neighbouring countries and the whole TEN-T stakeholders community including project promoters and private investors.

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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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