About ESC

The European Shippers' Council is a non-profit European organisation representing cargo owners i.e. freight transport interests of around 100.000 companies throughout Europe, whether manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers (import and export, intercontinental). Collectively they are referred to as ‘shippers’ as neutral user of transport (all modes: air; road, rail, waterborne). ESC was established in 1963.

The global ESC network consists of national shippers’ associations, European commodity trade association (e.g. chemical, steel, paper) and corporate members among which well-known multinational brands (e.g. FMCG and food sector). ESC aims at creating a level playing field in Europe and between continents.

Internationally, the ESC works closely with the Asian Shippers’ Association (ASA) and the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI), together forming the Global Shippers Alliance (GSA).

Board of Directors

The European Shippers' Council Board of Directors is composed as follows:

Denis Choumert (AUTF, France), President

Machiel van der Kuijl (evofenedex, The Netherlands), Vice-President

Roman Stiftner (WKO, Austria)

The ESC team

Secretary General

Godfried Smit


Policy Managers

Jordi Espin
Maritime Transport Council

Godfried Smit
Trade Facilitation Council
Inland Transport Council

Rogier Spoel
Air Transport Council

Godfried Smit
Rail Transport Council

Public Affairs

Katsiaryna Kliuyeva