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Survey: Alliances in Maritime

This article was posted on February 23rd, 2017 by under News

ESC in cooperation with Drewry are conducting a survey to see what a real impact of the Alliances is on shippers, and whether the quality of the Alliances’ services corresponds with the promised level.

Shippers are welcome to respond and to disseminate this survey as broadly as possible to other shippers’ organisations:

Deadline to fill in the survey is 10 March 2017.


Shippers to respond to the survey: Rail Transport

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Shippers are invited to express their opinion on the use of rail freight transport in the survey “Rail Freight Barometer 2017” prepared by EUROGROUP CONSULTING in partnership with the French Shippers’ Association (AUTF), French railways (SNCF), and other stakeholders.

The results of the survey will be presented at the opening of the 8th European Rail Freight Day that will take place in the framework of the International Week of Transport and Logistics (SITL), in Paris, on the 15th of March 2017.

The survey takes 10 minutes. It is available online: and will be accessible until 28 February.

We value your opinion as a user/potential user of rail transport. This year, the Rail Freight Barometer will not only update the trends observed last years, but will also shed light upon the shippers’ perception at the European level.

We remain available for any further information at:

Opinion: Battling Unfair Competition in Aviation or Protectionism?

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According to Reuters, the European Commission, strongly lobbied by theAirlines4Europe pact and the legacy carriers Lufthansa, IAG and AFKLM, is preparing a draft proposal to counter unfair competition coming from the Gulf carriers – Qatar Airways, Etihad, and Emirates. The regulation might cover measures against illegal government subsidies, favourable treatment, and advantageous airport charges among others. The consequences of this regulation for shippers, if adopted, can be enormous as extra duties are always paid by the end-customer – the shipper. Stripping flying rights, if imposed, may damage capacity and connections in the air cargo operations.

As it was mentioned, the goal of the draft proposal is to cover unfair competition in air cargo.  But here come some controversies. (more…)

EU Trade Agreement with Canada is signed

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

ESC applauds the approval of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade agreement (CETA) by the European Parliament on 15 February 2017. This agreement will reduce the red tape in international trade, make the procedures more agile, and, by mutual recognition of procedures, will open new possibilities to exporters and importers. If CETA enters into force it will also break the psychological barrier that prevents the EU from concluding trade agreements.



This article was posted on February 9th, 2017 by under News

The House of Commons has allowed the British Government to launch the art. 50 procedure for leaving the EU.  Although the Scottish Parliament rejected the plan with a vast majority, it has (regrettably) no formal say in this procedure.

Theresa May has also published a roadmap for leaving the EU. It seems from this program that Britain would like to reduce the present EU-membership to a Free Trade Agreement arrangement. For some sectors, this would mean a return to customs duties, for instance, for the agricultural sector.  This development will have considerable consequences for the GDP in a lot of member-states as well as in the UK.

ESC will monitor the situation and support the Commission to reduce negative consequences for trade in the EU.

Nine-Country Road Alliance is Launched

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ESC is welcoming the “Road Transport Alliance” that was launched by nine European countries in Paris on 31 January.  The EU Transport Ministers from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, and Sweden signed this agreement with the aim to combat unfair competition in road freight transport. Social dumping, sophisticated fraud, the misuse of internal market and labour law rules are some of the issues the countries want to work on.

The European Commission plans to publish a new law covering workers’ rights and break rules for drivers on the road in late spring.

Multimodal Transport in the TEN-T Corridors

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The revision of Directive 92/106/EEC on the establishment of common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods between Member States is included in the European Commission Work Programme 2017. Ahead of this revision, the European Parliament’s committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) adopts an own-initiative report in January 2017. The report calls on the European Commission to promote multimodality as the cornerstone of the trans-European transport network’s implementation. Among other things, this report underlines the need for more investment in the European Transport System with logistics as a focal point, an urgent and more efficient integration of transport modes, and a better training and job conditions to attract new professionals.

The European Parliament’s own-initiative report is not legally binding. However, it is an important working tool and gives a strong signal to the Commission on the areas to improve in Directive 92/106/ECC on the combined transport of goods. The European Commission, in its turn, is required to take a position on this issue.