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ESC urges European Parliament to support the mandate

The European Shippers’ Council urges the European Parliament to support the mandate which was given to the Transport & Tourism Committee (TRAN) Committee on the 4th June on the various market and social related proposals which are part of the first Mobility Package of the European Commission. (more…)

Shippers are concerned about Emergency Bunker Surcharge

The European Shippers’ Council is concerned about the introduction of the Emergency Bunker Surcharge by carriers that took effect 1 June 2018. The surcharge is an additional fee charged to the shipper. Carriers explain the introduction of this surcharge by the rise of the bunker oil price. ESC together with its members are worrying that this new surcharge is going against the GRIs commitment placed by 14 carriers two years ago.


Results of the Transport Council meeting

During the meeting of the Transport Council on 7 and 8 June 2018, the Council adopted general approaches on updated electronic road tolling, updated rules on port reception facilities, and the proposed rules for safeguarding competition in air transport. (more…)

Motivate your ship operators to reduce CO2 emissions

A team from the Vessel Technology Assessment System (VTAS) project is inviting shippers to have their views heard to improve fuel efficiency in maritime shipping. Reduced fuel consumption and emissions should see shippers benefiting from a reduction in shipping costs, improved supply chain carbon footprints, and a good reputation. (more…)

LEARN: key to emission reduction lies with business

During the meeting of the ESC Inland Transport Council that took place 4 June 2018, the members were updated on the progress made in the project LEARN on the emissions calculation, assurance, and reporting. The project mobilizes businesses to reduce their carbon footprint across their global logistics supply chains. (more…)

What shippers get with TRAN vote on Mobility Package

The first part of the Mobility package has gone through the next stage of the legislation-making process – the Transport Committee vote in the European Parliament on 4 June 2018. This vote has defined the important for shippers provisions on the application of the posting of workers, cabotage, red tape, and rest in the cabin. (more…)

Container shipping regulation under revision: what shippers think

Container shipping services consist of the provision of regular, scheduled maritime cargo transport on a specific route. This requires a significant investment which is regularly provided by several shipping companies (“carriers”) cooperating in “consortia” agreements. Consortia can lead to economies of scale and better utilisation of the space of the vessels. A fair share of the benefits resulting from these efficiencies should be passed on to users of the shipping services in terms of better coverage of ports (improvement in the frequency of sailings and port calls) and better services (an improvement in scheduling, better or personalised services through the use of more modern vessels, equipment and port facilities). (more…)

Join European project on transport

Innovation in transport is essential for the European Commission and one of the ways to stimulate this innovation is to launch calls for project proposals. ESC is calling for shippers to join the project proposal on “Integrated multimodal, low emission freight transport systems and logistics.” (more…)