In the Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017, ESC organised two joint workshops with railways to agree on a joint agenda to boost the competitiveness and attractiveness of rail freight for shippers. The joint agenda focuses on the needs to improve punctuality and reliability, to reduce operating costs and costs related to track access charges, to increase flexibility for shippers, to maximise the use of available capacity and to improve the efficiency of last mile operations while investing in last mile infrastructure. (more…)
14-15 September 2017, Duisburg, ESC voiced its position at the Market Place Seminar, an annual rail freight event, co-organized by the International Union of Railways (UIC) and International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA). The ESC underlined the key success factors of a railway service for shippers: regularity, frequency, flexibility in capacity allocation, reliability, and existence of contingency plans.
23 November, 2017, Bruges, the European Shippers’ Council, with the support of the Global Shippers’ Alliance and together with the College of Europe are organising the conference“The Belt and Road Initiative: EU-China Logistics and Supply Chain”.
23 November, 2017, Bruges, the European Shippers’ Council, with the support of the Global Shippers’ Alliance and together with the College of Europe are organising the conference“The Belt and Road Initiative: EU-China Logistics and Supply Chain”. The registration for the event opens soon. (more…)
Amsterdam Schiphol airport will have air traffic capacity constraints in the coming winter. Rogier Spoel, Air Transport Policy Manager at ESC spoke to the Lloyd’s Loading List. According to him and to the other air cargo and shipper representatives, given a strong growth in cargo at Schiphol so far in 2017, this can have a significant impact on full-freighter operations at the airport. (more…)
European shippers demand their air cargo providers to be transparent on their consignments. ESC Policy Manager in Air Transport Rogier Spoel told CARGOFORWARDER GLOBAL that the linear set-up of the air cargo chain is not very helpful in this respect. “Shippers need to know where their consignments are and under what conditions they are being forwarded”, he said. (more…)
With the development of the Chinese initiative One belt One Road that involves a lot of countries and entities, efficient cooperation is required between all the parties involved. Customs cooperation is one of the essential elements in this project. How could the Chinese authorities progress in this area? With the developments in e-commerce presenting new challenges in customs control, China’s customs agency is developing a new approach how to address them. (more…)