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Description (tentative, for orientation only)

1

Air

Any movement of goods and/or passengers on an aircraft

2

Water

Any movement of goods and/or passengers undertaken wholly or partly at sea   or on navigable inland waterways using merchant ships or inland water   transport (IWT) vessels

2.1

Sea

Any movement of goods and/or passengers using merchant ships on journeys   that are undertaken wholly or partly at sea. One-port transport (movements of   goods shipped to offshore installations, or for dumping at sea, or reclaimed   from the seabed and unloaded in ports) is included. While bunkers and stores   supplied to vessels in port are excluded, bunker oil shipped to vessels   offshore is included. Fluvio-maritime movements of goods by merchant ships   are included. Movements of goods on vessels of inland waterways between   seaports and inland waterway ports are excluded (they are included in inland   waterway transport). Movements of goods carried internally between different   basins or docks of the same port are excluded.

2.2

Inland waterway

Any movement of goods and/or passengers using IWT vessels that is   undertaken wholly or partly on navigable inland waterways.

Bunkers and stores supplied to vessels in port are excluded. When an IWT   vessel is being carried on another vehicle, only the movement of the carrying   vehicle (active mode) is taken into account

3

Land

Any movement of goods and/or passengers using a railway or road vehicles   on a given railway or road network

3.1

Railway

Any movement of goods and/or passengers using a railway vehicle on a given   railway network. When a railway vehicle is being carried on another railway   vehicle, only the movement of the carrying vehicle (active mode) is   considered. A railway network is understood as comprising all lines of   communication made up by rail exclusively for the use of railway vehicles. A   railway vehicle is a mobile equipment running exclusively on rails, moving   either under its own power (tractive vehicles) or hauled by another vehicle   (coaches, railcar trailers, vans and wagons)

3.2

Road

Any movements of goods and/or passengers using a road vehicle on a given   road network. When a road vehicle is being carried on another vehicle, only   the movement of the carrying vehicle (active mode) is considered

4

Not elsewhere classified

Any movements of goods not separately classified in headings 1, 2 and 3

4.1

Pipeline and cables

Any movement of liquid products in a given pipeline or cable network

4.1.1

Pipeline

Any movement of crude or refined liquid petroleum products or gases in a   given pipeline network. Pipelines covering flow of water are covered here as   well

4.4.2

Cable

Any movement of products in a given cable network, e.g., power lines   carrying electricity

4.2

Postal consignment, mail or courier shipment

Any movement of goods via postal, mail or currier shipment

4.3

Self-propelled goods

As an example, an aircraft flown out of the compiling country under its   own power should be classified as self-propelled

4.4

Other

To be used when available information does not allow a transaction to be   attributed to any specific mode of transport category (see IMTS 2010, para   7.3)

Based on the Illustrated Glossary for Transport Statistics (4th ed. 2009),  prepared by the Intersecretariat Working Group (IWG Transport) comprising representatives of ECE, the International Transport forum and Eurostat.