What should shippers do? June 6th, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Yemen and Libya announced that they were severing ties with Qatar due to suspicions of Qatar financing terrorism. The actions taken by these countries had immediate effect on the trade and logistics in the region and especially to and from Qatar.
The European Shippers’ Council is continuously monitoring the developments in Qatar. Here are the recent developments and advice for shippers:
Air transport: regional disruptions
One of the first measures by the countries isolating Qatar was closing their airspace for Qatari carriers and scrapping flights between these countries and Doha, Qatar. This meant a severe blow to the flight operations of Qatar Airways: (more…)
DG TAXUD has announced that it will be impossible to finalize the automation systems needed for the full implementation of the Union Customs Code before the proposed end date of 31st December 2020. This announcement was made to the participants of the Electronic Customs Coordination Group meeting, who represent European Trade Associations and 28 Member States.
ESC asked the Commission to be completely transparent in the timelines to allow shippers to prepare properly for the implementation of the new customs automation systems. (more…)
“e-CMR, if used throughout Europe, will open the opportunity for parties in the supply chain to exchange logistical data. It will improve the quality of the supply chain. It will be much easier to apply “control-tower” techniques. These techniques enable supply chain partners to plan the most efficient route for a lorry to arrive at the right time at the consignee or pick-up point for the consignment”, said Machiel van der Kuijl, the Vice Chair of the European Shippers’ Council, at the prestigious SIL Logistics Fair (Salón Internacional de la Logística y de la Manutención) in Barcelona, 6-8 June 2017.