What is it about?

SITCIN's main objective is to provide a self-assessment tool offering a universal set of measurable criteria enabling countries to monitor their degree of inland transport connectivity, both domestically and bilaterally/sub-regionally as well as in terms of soft and hard infrastructure. 

Each interested Government user will be able to evaluate and self-assess:

•    The extent to which it implements the relevant UN legal instruments, agreements and conventions effectively, and
•    The degree to which its inland transport system is inter-operable with the systems within its respective (sub-)region (inter-operable, e.g. in terms of harmonization of infrastructure standards and technical parameters, as well as in terms of coordination and integration of administrative procedures and regulatory regimes in place).

In doing so, it should enable policymakers to assess their country's degree of external economic connectivity in terms of efficiency of inland transport, logistics, trade, customs, and border crossing facilitation processes.

Governments could also use the SITCIN to assess and report on their progress in implementing the transport related Sustainable Development Goals (i.e. 2030 Agenda) and their commitments under the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries (for the decade 2014-2024).  


  • I Government accreditation process (expression of interest, selection of a lead agency, appointment of a National Focal Point)

  • IIInstitutional focal points appointed in other Government agencies/ conduct of a decentralized SITCIN data collection and validation process

  • IIINational focal point verification and online submission of data

  • IVSITCIN national and sectoral scores are generated/ tailored policy advice provided

  • VRepeated use of SITCIN as assessment tool allows for measuring progress over time


  • Economic Sustainability

    Indicators within this pillar aim at assessing and validating border crossing efficiency, time, and costs as well as quality of (inter-modal) transport infrastructure and the use of ICT and intelligent transport solutions.

  • Social Sustainability

    Indicators within this pillar aim at assessing adequacy of road traffic rules enforcement, road traffic infrastructure, vehicle regulations and administrative frameworks surrounding cross border transport of perishable foodstuffs and dangerous goods.

  • Environmental Sustainability

    Indicators within this pillar have been designed to evaluate measures aimed at reduction of green house gas emissions, air pollutants and noise emissions, in doing so they consider modal split, alternative fuel share, average age of fleet etc.