International Seminar "Freight Transport"

28-30 October 2013, Montevideo (Uruguay)

This international Seminar on Freight Transport was organized jointly by the Technical Committee 2.3 "Freight Transport" of the World Road Association (PIARC), the Uruguayan Roads Association and the Uruguayan Ministry of Transport and Public Works.

Preparatory Documents for the International Seminar

Held in conjunction with the 9th Uruguayan Road Congress, it was attended by 67 delegates mainly from Uruguay, along with other countries from South America; TC 2.3 members represented countries from regions around the world.

The Seminar was divided into five plenary sessions and two'round table' sessions. The plenary sessions included presentations from Uruguay and other countries, covering the planning, management and operation of freight transport, logistics terminals and parks, access to ports, operations at border crossings, and ITS in freight transport. The'round table' sessions provided a valuable opportunity for delegates to discuss issues raised in the plenary sessions in more detail.

The Uruguayan Road Association warmly welcomed delegates and interested them with remarks about the context and growth of freight transport in Montevideo and Uruguay. A briefing of the World Road Association work regarding freight transport and the current work of TC 2.3. followed.

Challenges for Uruguay include managing the growth in the freight task, in particular related to paper and grain production and the increasing proportion of the population living in Montevideo, and the imperative to increase the use of rail for the transport of freight and increase throughput from the Port of Montevideo. Opportunities exist in providing high quality and competitively priced logistics services to South America. Delegates were briefed on initiatives to improve logistics, increase velocity through the deep sea Port, implementing'free trade zones' and intermodal facilities, and implementing ITS to improve compliance checking and logistics operations.

TC 2.3 members delivered presentations describing the findings of the urban freight management and intermodal terminal projects delivered by the World Road Association in recent years, and current work on the concept of'co-modality', as well as other freight transport improvement projects, including BESTFACT (Europe) and the use of high productivity trucks, and provided insights into freight transport in the US and rail freight in Mexico.

On 30 October 2013, delegates participated in a very interesting technical visit, including a tour of the freight operations at Montevideo Airport, a briefing on plans for the development of the Port of Montevideo and a tour of the Port.

The visit of TC 2.3 to Uruguay was very successful, and it was a pleasure for members to visit Montevideo and join the Uruguayan Roads Association, and the Uruguayan Ministry of Transport and Public Works in a very well organised and managed seminar.

International Seminar Program - 28-30 October 2013
"Freight Transport"

First day of the seminar (28 October)

Hour

Conferences

09:00
10:00

REGISTRATION

10:00
12:00

Opening Remarks

Speech of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Public Works
Mr. Pablo Genta

Uruguayan Roads Association President
Mr. Mario Pitzer, P.E.

AIPCR/PIARC Representative
Mr. Carlos Santillán

Chair of Technical Committee 2.3 Freight Transport
Mr. Don Hogben

12:00
13:30

Welcome Cocktail

13:30
15:30

Plenary Session I - Global Overview of the Planning, Management, Operation, and Enforcement of Freight Transport 1

I.1 Uruguay: Road Transport in Uruguay: Challenges of the Last Decade (Spanish)
Ms. Gabriela Acosta, Ministry of Transport and Public Works

I.2 USA: Freight Transport in USA
Mr. William Gardner, Minnesota Department of Transportation

I.3 Uruguay: Oportunities for the railway in the freight transport market (Spanish)
Mr. Roberto Agosta and Mr. Juan Pablo Martínez, AC&A

I.4 Argentina: Transport and Infrastructure in South America trade integration. A Pending Issue (Spanish)
Dr. Silvia Sudol, Fadeeac

I.5 Switzerland: BESTFACT: European Project, a Best-Practice Factory for Freight Transport
Mr. Martin Ruesch, McS. and PIARC Technical Committee 2.3

15:30
16:00

Coffee Break

16:00
18:00

Plenary Session II - Global Overview of the Planning, Management, Operation, and Enforcement of Freight Transport 2

II.1 Uruguay as a Distribution Center for Southern Brazil (Spanish)
Mr. Juan Ignacio Villalba, Logistics National Institute

II.2 Sweden: Introduction to Co-Modality
Dr. Rikard Engstrom, Swedish Transport Administration

II.3 Mexico: Inter-modal is not always co-modal: cases in Mexico to understand the Co-Modality concept (Spanish)
Mr. Carlos Santillán, P.E. (ciaO)

II.4 Argentina: Current State of Logistics and Operations Outsourcing (Spanish)
Dr. Carlos Musante, Argentine Association of Roads

II.5 Uruguay: Land Freight Transport Information System (Spanish)
Mr. Javier Garagorry, Ministry of Transport and Public Works

18:00
19:00

Round Table - Discussion of Technical Conferences

Second day of the seminar (29 October)

Hour

Conferences

09:00
10:40

Plenary Session III - Logistics Terminals and Parks, urban freight distribution logistics

III.1 Uruguay: Logistics Parks in Uruguay, a new trend (Spanish)
Mr. Marcelo Richly, Polo Oeste

III.2 Uruguay: Logistic Village Montevideo (Spanish)
Mr. Martín Dibarboure, Independent consultant

III.3 Switzerland: Inter-modal Freight Terminals: Challenges and Best Practices
Mr. Martin Ruesch, McS. and Technical Committee 2.3 PIARC

III.4 Japan: Methodologies and Best Practices in the Management of Freight Transport
Prof. Eiichi Taniguchi, Kyoto University

10:40
11:00

Coffee Break

11:00
12:40

Plenary Session IV - Access to Ports, Operations at Customs Checks and Border Crossings

IV.1 Uruguay: Access Management System to Nueva Palmira's Grain Terminals (Spanish)
Ms. Eugenia Cardozo, Ministry of Transport and Public Works

IV.2 Uruguay: Port Access Management (Spanish)
Mr. Andrés Nieto, National Ports Administration

IV.3 Argentina: Strategic Planning Regarding Road Accessibility to a Port (Spanish)
Ms. Maria Dolores Ruíz / Mr. Aníbal Vázquez, Universidad Nacional de La Plata

IV.4 Uruguay: Port platforms, Customs Verification Centers and Border Crossings (Spanish)
Dr. Juan José Curone, Mr. Nicolás De Los Santos and Mr. Eduardo Torterolo, Uruguay National Customs Board

12:40
14:00

Lunch

14:00
15:20

Plenary Session V - Freight Transport, ITS and Cooperation with Industrial Sector

V.1 Uruguay: Yourview: connecting key high-level logistic data on a web-based platform (Spanish)
Mr. Pedro Mastrángelo, Simetryx

V.2 France: Evolution of oversized and overloaded vehicles
Mr. Bernard Jacob (IFSTTAR), Florence Comes

V.3 Uruguay: Developing an automatic E.I.R. (Equipment Interchange Receipt) to detect container sides deformation (Spanish)
Mr. Carlos Dide, Dr. Pablo Musé , Simetryx

15:20
15:50

Coffee Break

15:50
16:50

Round Table - Discussion of Technical Conferences

16:50
18:00

Conclusions and Closing Ceremony

Third day of the seminar (30 October)

16:50
18:00

Technical Visit - Cargo Terminal in the Carrasco International Terminal, route on the Bypass Ring, Montevideo See Port

16:50
18:00

Closing Cocktail

Slideshow of the International Seminar in Montevideo

Tribune of the seminar
Tribune of the seminar
Participants of the seminar
Participants of the seminar

The Seminar

International Seminar Freight Transport - Montevideo 2013 - World Road Association