29 November 2017, Genoa, the European Shippers’ Council is holding its annual event – Maritime Day. The event will offer a unique opportunity to both international shippers and operators in the field of shipping and logistics to meet and share their views on key maritime issues. The main focus of this year event will be on Competition and Innovations in Maritime Transport. The registration opens soon. (more…)
ESC together with the other associations, such as CLECAT and IRU, has asked the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union to reduce the administrative and financial burden related to the guarantees against customs debts. (more…)
Sustainability is gaining importance in different transport modes. For the air freight, is it essential to have a sustainability KPI as well. The best way for transformation in the sector will always come from the customers’ side, rather than the market itself. Here shippers could become one of the driving forces.
ESC expresses its disappointment with the Block Exemption Regulation (BER) for vessel sharing agreements (VSA) published recently by the Hong Kong competition authority. The regulation seems to be the same as the European one in a sense that it clearly favours carriers’ interests. It has even a broader scope than the European legislation. (more…)
This year has seen a lot of changes in the maritime sector that have had a negative impact on shippers. ESC has been working with the maritime research and consulting organization Drewry to conduct a satisfaction survey in container transport. Performance quality of carrier services and how it can be improved was one of the important questions. One part of our cooperation with Drewry is to distribute a couple of articles written by Drewry on common shipping topics. This time we would like to share with you a Drewry’s article Exporters, importers must manage risk of higher freight costs and fewer carrier options. (more…)
ESC welcomes the closer collaboration between Hong Kong and ASEAN countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. A free trade agreement (FTA) between Hong Kong and ASEAN should be signed in November 2017. ESC has through its network in Asia and the Asian Shippers’ Alliance lobbied for this FTA. Shippers’ councils from Macao and Thailand are presently meeting in Bangkok to support the trade negotiations.
The FTA will allow Hong Kong shippers to enjoy reduced export tariffs to ASEAN countries, while ASEAN shippers in turn will be able to buy a lot of material and products at a lower price. According to the WTO rules, a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) should cover “substantially all trade”. (more…)
Supply chains during the first months after Brexit day are predicted to become unreliable. If the UK government does not manage to have a deal with the EU, it may affect the production and the stock of goods. This was stated by James Hookham, deputy chief executive of the UK Freight Transport Association (FTA), a member the European Shippers’ Council. Giving an interview to Politico, he stressed that FTA is advising businesses “to make sure they are fully stocked up” for this period.
Businesses have been calling for clarity on how a new customs system will look like after the UK leaving the customs union, as the UK indicated they are planning to do so eventually. In August, the UK government published a Brexit negotiating position paper on provisional customs arrangements with the EU. (more…)