European Shippers’ Council advocates a change of the European legislation to enable the European Commission to take a more proactive stance for protecting the EU market against monopolist tendencies. The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) rejects for legal reasons a planned merger aiming at a joint container shipping service between Japan’s three big carriers. ESC considers it as a positive move that FMC proactively takes this step. (more…)
9 May 2017, ESC as the advocate of platooning was invited to participate in the breakfast meeting on this topic hosted by Dieter-Lebrecht Koch, a Christian Democrat Member of the European Parliament. Platoons are road trains consisted of several trucks, managed by the driver of the first truck, with the others following at a short distance, without human interference and without being physically attached.
For platooning to be implemented, there are still many legal and technical issues to be solved. (more…)
On 6 May 2017, under the joint umbrella of ESC and CER/UIC, a delegation of 11 shippers met with the CEOs of European rail freight companies members of CER and UIC. One of the key topics on the agenda was the need for key performance indicators, in order to increase the transparency of rail freight services’ performance. (more…)
24-25 April, 2017, Kista, Sweden, the concept of the data pipeline for air cargo was the main topic of the two-day workshop organised by the Trade&Cargo Facilitation Association (TCF) and hosted by Ericsson, a member of the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA). The event took place just three months after the launch of the white paper on the need for improvement in air cargo industry by the Shippers’ Advisory Committee of TIACA.
However much the concept of air cargo data pipeline is challenging, more than 80 percent of companies attending the event expressed their willingness to get deeply involved in concrete steps towards it implementation. The combination of hardware, software and services that connects trusted users to provide secure, fast and reliable data exchange in logistics increases business efficiency, reduces margins of errors and increases safety. This is a goal for all. Why hasn’t this goal been achieved yet? (more…)
The 15th meeting of the EU Expert Group for Land Transport Security (LANDSEC) took place on the 26th of April 2017. The Commission is working on a policy to improve the security on rail. After some incidents in passenger trains (Thalys) the Commission has prioritized the passenger transport for measures to be taken. The ticketing and analysing of passenger data will be studied in particular. For the moment, Freight transport will be out of scope.
Organisations in the Trade Contact Group have decided to work together on monitoring and sharing views on the Brexit process. The European position will become public on the 29 April 2017. The informal task force will also advocate a meaningful and coherent consultation process. All parties involved are aiming at a process having a minimal impact on import, export and logistical processes. The associations, for a time being, will work together in an informal way.
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…)