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Legal Alert | Compulsory rail transport of waste in Austria as of 1. 1. 2023

Company: Eversheds Sutherland, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o.

In Austria, the waste shipments will be compulsory carried out on the rail.  This change applies from 1 January 2023 for a transport distance of 300 km or more and also for transit through Austria.

Waste transports with a total quantity of more than 10 tonnes must be carried out by rail. The decisive factor is the transport distance covered in Austria, which will gradually decrease. From 1 January 2023, this obligation applies to a transport distance of 300 km or more. An exception applies if the lorry access and departure to the railway station in Austria amounts to more than 25% of the total distance travelled in Austria.

This provision also applies to the transit of waste through Austria. Taking into account that the transport distance between, for example, Germany or Italy and Slovakia is more than 300 km at some border crossings, this obligation definitely also affects Slovakian companies, such as waste producers, waste processors, recyclers, traders or transporters.

If a transport falls under this obligation, the waste can only be transported by road if a negative confirmation from an online platform that is being programmed was received. This confirms that there is no capacity for the requested waste. Only this confirmation leads to exemption from punishment.

For more information contact Annamária Tóthová.



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