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.
While meeting German importers and exporters 10 days ago, ESC together with the current market conditions in Liner Shipping also discussed the conditions for potentially longer term contracts with ocean carriers. German Industry just as other ESC members seriously questions the ocean carriers’ current behaviour and has concerns over how Liner Shipping will evolve in the future. Given the importance of shipping in Global Trade, manufacturers and traders need sustainability. Those present agreed that only a constructive dialogue between shippers, service providers and the regulators can lead to continuity and regain confidence.
18-19 May 2017, ESC as the Coordinator of the CORE project, took part in the Joint Exploitation Event organised by the European Commission in Paris.
CORE stands for “Consistently Optimised Resilient Secure Global Supply-Chains “, and this year the project has entered into its final stage. Participating in Paris event was an excellent opportunity for CORE and the other projects to present their products to potential end-users, to the audience mainly consisting of Customs Officers of Member States. (more…)
21st May 2017, the European Commission (EC) following the recommendations of the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF) published Inception Impact Assessment report on electronic transport documents for freight carriage and is asking stakeholders for their feedback.
DTLF is an initiative taken by the European Commission (EC) to bring relevant stakeholders together. ESC being one of the leading members of this forum worked together with some 100 other representative parties to prepare recommendations (more…)
16-17 May 2017, European Shippers’ Council represented by its Chairman Denis Choumert addressed shippers’ concerns at the Global Liner Shipping Conference. This annual event gathered almost 200 people, with all stakeholders in liner shipping present. ESC has clearly expressed its worry with the market conditions in the maritime sector. The capacity problem which was already stated in several ESC press releases over the last months was echoed and supported by the freight forwarders and the Global Shippers’ Forum. Although the moderator of the session gave the audience the chance to respond, the representatives of different ocean carriers preferred not to join the debate. (more…)