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Customs automation

This article was posted on April 28th, 2017 by under News

ESC is a member of one of the European Commission’s expert groups – Trade Contact Group – which deals with the Union Customs Code implementation, thus with the automation of the European customs.

The European Commission Multi-Annual Strategic Plan (MASP) provides the timeline to set European customs applications. At the moment, it is under revision.  The present MASP defines the 31st December 2020 as the final date of the implementation process. However, because of a lack of budget and other resources this date is not likely to be met. (more…)

Netherlands opts for exemption from driving licence directive

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A group of 13 Dutch associations including Dutch Shippers’ Council  evefenedex  is advocating an exemption from the directive on driving licences that limits the use of heavier light commercial vehicles by the holders of a driving licence type C.

The request  regards electrical vans. The batteries used in these vans increase the gross weight of the cars and have the additional consequence of  exceeding  the gross weight limit (3500 kg is the maximum weight for vans to be used by drivers in possession of a licence type C). The type C licence is the  type of driving licence used for private cars and vans.  (more…)

ESC and export problem, mentioned in the press:

This article was posted on April 24th, 2017 by under News

Since ESC’s first press release of the 17th of March 2017, the press reported on the problems that shippers are faced with in ports: the insufficient capacity to take all shipments, no guarantee that all goods of a shipment will be loaded, increasing prices for the available slots. ESC gave interviews and provided additional information to a number of publications:

  1. American Shipper, Shanghai’s Yangshan Port suffers massive delays”, 17.04.2017
  2. Journal of Commerce, “Asia-Europe spot market begins to inch up”, 14.04.2017
  3. PaRR, “Shipping alliances provoke global antitrust pushback”, 11.04.2017
  4. Lloyd’s List, “Carriers blame unseasonal demand for European exporters’ woes”, 06.04.2017
  5. The Wall Street Journal, “Cargo Owners Complain of ‘Total Mess’ Shipping Goods to Asia”, 05.04.2017
  6. The LoadStar, “Capacity-stricken box lines under fire from European shippers over lost contracts”, 05.04.2017
  7. Splash 24/7, “Extra capacity on main east-west trades set to calm shipper nerves”, 05.04.2017
  8. Lloyd’s List, “New alliances fail to reassure European shippers as cargo backlog grows”, 05.04.2017
  9. Journal of Commerce, “European shippers say exports to Asia delayed weeks”, 04.04.2017
  10. Splash 24/7, “Who’s fooling who as alliance reschuffle falls tomorrow”, 31.03.2017
  11. Shipping Watch, “Shippers want the EU to look into liner rules”, 29.03.2017
  12. Port technology, “Maiden Voyage Route Announced for Largest Containership”, 29.03.2017
  13. American Shipper, “ESC complains about ‘huge booking crunch’ “, 28.03.2017
  14. Port technology, “Shippers raise concern over alliance changes”, 28.03.2017
  15. Splash 24/7, “Shippers cry foul over April 1 reshuffle of the global container alliances”, 28.03.2017
  16. Nieuwsblad Transport, Reorganisatie allianties oorzaak voor capaciteitstekort, 23.03.2017
  17. Air cargo news, “Carriers see europe-asia demans surge as box lines feel a cpacity pinch”, 22.03.2017
  18. Fresh Plaza, “ESC asks for clarification capacity seaborne freight”, 22.03.2017.

Service quality of ocean carriers “poor to average”

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The ESC and Drewry contacted several hundred of shippers and forwarders from all over the world in March 2017 and asked them how satisfied they were with the services provided by ocean carriers. According to the survey, the service provided by container shipping lines is rated as poor to average and has deteriorated in the past year. The three areas of service or price in which shippers and forwarders were the most dissatisfied with were “carrier financial stability”, “quality of customer service” and “reliability of booking/cargo shipped as booked”. More…

Second joint workshop with railways

This article was posted on April 21st, 2017 by under News

On 6 April 2017, ESC organised a second joint workshop between shippers and railways on the competitiveness and attractiveness of rail freight. Discussions focused on the issues of reliability, with a request from shippers for more transparency, better customer care and improved performance, and last mile infrastructure and operations, which represent a big part of the costs of rail transport for shippers using conventional rail services. The group also reviewed and completed the draft action plan which will be finalised ahead of the meeting with rail freight CEOs on 4 May.

The joint workshop was followed by a meeting of the ESC railway transport council, where other hot topics such as railway noise and bans on noisy wagons, as well as involvement of end users in rail freight corridors were discussed.

The next meeting of the ESC RTC will take place on 14 June in Brussels. For more information or if you wish to join the group, please contact ESC RTC Manager Pauline Bastidon – / 0032 478776674.

10th edition of Multimodal

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The 10th edition of Multimodal, the UK and Ireland’s premier freight transport, logistics and supply chain management event, took place from 4 to 6 April at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Multimodal 2017 attracted almost 9,500 attendees, from all modes and all parts of the supply chain.

Participants were able to attend a range of seminars, some of which were provided by ESC’s member in the UK, the Freight Transport Association (FTA), and focused on topics as diverse as air cargo performance, megaships and maritime alliances, contracts of carriage and how to get the best out of your supplier when outsourcing, Brexit, the last mile in city logistics and the future of rail freight. Another highlight of Multimodal were the FTA Multimodal Awards, which took place on 4 April and recognised significant contributions in terms of carriers’ and 3PL’s performance and environmental efficiency.

The next edition of Multimodal will take place from 1 to 3 May 2018, at the NEC in Birmingham. For more information:

ESC Members Remain Concerned about Container Shipping

This article was posted on April 4th, 2017 by under News

For many weeks now, ESC members have been expressing their concerns about the capacity crunch in Liner Shipping and the way ship owners handle it. To raise awareness, ESC publishes its first press release on 17 March 2017 on 17 March 2017 in which ESC describes the situation and invites both, authorities and ship owners, for a dialogue.

During ESC’s most recent and well attended Maritime Council held on 28 March 2017, the participants re-enforce their concerns as the situation always stays the same and ask for a more concrete action plan. ESC issues a second press release on 4 April 2017 underlining the problems experienced by shippers and providing a more concrete view on what ESC intends to do.

If, as a member of ESC, you require more information, please contact Fabien Becquelin at, or +33 142683480.