Who is responsible for what? In the daily collaboration between wagon keepers and railway undertakings, this question is answered by the GCU
The General Contract of Use for Wagons (GCU) regulates the rights and obligations between wagon keepers and railway undertakings (RU) for the use of freight wagons. It plays the role of “general terms of business” for both sides. Since it was launched in July 2006, more than 700 signatories in 20 lands have signed up to the GCU. Roughly 600,000 wagons are currently registered in the wagon database of the GCU. Anyone working in the railway traffic industry is familiar with this contractual framework with a somewhat ungainly name.