Container liners are fighting against overcapacity in the market. Alliances are one of the instruments they use facing this challenge.

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ESC and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are working together in piloting electronic documents. IATA started a project focused on the Airway Bill.

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Environmental policies (CO2 reduction and emissions) are an important issue in European policymaking for years to come.

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Many shippers use rail freight as part of their logistics mix, but more could do so if the conditions were right. Unfortunately, rail freight’s performance does not always match the performance of alternatives such as road freight.

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Shippers and Forwarders meet DG Competition

As a follow up to the letters that ESC and CLECAT sent to DG Competition, the two associations discussed the situation in the maritime container market...

ICONET ALICE – ESC Collaboration workshop

As the ICONET project comes to an end, ETP ALICE and ESC are jointly organising a collaboration workshop.  The key question to address is the following:...

ESC and Ecumene provide feedback for the European Maritime Transport Report

European Shippers’ Council and Ecumene Ventures provided its comments for the European Maritime Transport Emissions Report (EMTER). The first edition of the report will be published...

Shippers and forwarders call on European Competition Authorities to act

European shippers and freight forwarders have once more alerted the European Commission on the current practices of liner shipper carriers as European supply chains are becoming...

FETEIA and TRANSPRIME alert about new harmful and unethical practices of shipping companies

Maersk announced that they will keep merchant transport under their control in Barcelona Port as from the 15th of January 2021 onwards. This practice is considered as...

CLECAT, EEA & ESC – EU-UK transport of goods needs to be assured

CLECAT, EEA & ESC, representing European shippers, freight forwarders and express carriers, call on France to continue applying the COVID-19 measures in support of air cargo,...

Project Sunrays: COVID-19 vaccines transport

The Covid-19 pandemic showed how important air cargo is. With the distribution of vaccines, air cargo will continue playing its vital role. Project Sunrays was initiated...

Transport Ministers focus on social issues in aviation

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal are joining forces in an attempt to move the European Commission and their fellow-Member States towards...

Taking of daily rest periods by light vehicle drivers in France

The Commission is currently examining whether the new legal provisions introduced by France are compatible with the EU law: the ban on daily rest periods in...

Shortage of container ships in service is unsustainable

The largest problem facing the container shipping today is the lack of empty containers. This is what is causing very high spot rates. ESC addressed the...

Council agrees its stance on road charging reform

The EU is revising its road charging rules (Eurovignette directive) to address greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts, congestion, and road infrastructure financing. On the...

EU guidelines on trials of Marine Autonomous Surface Ships

On the occasion of the 2nd International Ship Autonomy and Sustainability Summit, the European Commission together with EU Member States, Norway and with valuable industry input...

Package of declarations and recommendations adopted to help small businesses trade globally

The Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) officially adopted at its meeting on 11 December a package of six recommendations and declarations...

Bilateral reduction of customs duties for the EU and USA

On August 21, 2020, the European Union and the United States reached an agreement on a bilateral reduction of customs duties that facilitates market access for...

Let’s cross Brexit together

“Let’s cross Brexit together” webinar was organised by the Direction Générale des Douanes et Droits Indirects and took place on the 3rd of December. The participants...

ICONET project: validating Physical Internet concepts in the Port of Antwerp

The strategic goal of the ICONET project is to establish a “cloud-based Physical Internet (PI) framework and platform”. This platforms builds upon leading-edge technologies in a...

E-commerce and customs declarations

Are you doing business in the e-commerce branch and are you importing goods from outside the European Union – including the United Kingdom? Then you’re facing...

French shippers are raising alarm over the disruption of the maritime market

Since the end of 2019, French shippers have gone through several crisis situations in maritime transport. At the national level there were port and rail strikes...

ESC and CLECAT urge carriers to switch to a ‘new normal’

ESC and CLECAT urge carriers to review their operational and business practices, to ensure a regular flow of cargo and containers, and to respect schedule reliability...

Get ready for Brexit: important information for UK transport

No customs document? No digital pre-registration at the ferry terminal? Then no crossing! Due to Brexit there will be customs formalities in freight traffic with the...

TIACA Digital Air Cargo Forum

TIACA is organising its Digital Air Cargo Forum 2020 on 1-10 December 2020. Every day of the event will be devoted to a specific topic. The topic will...

ESC calls European authorities to look into the actions of vessel operators

European authorities should be concerned about the shipping lines not returning benefits to the market users, as stipulated by the Consortia Blok Exemption Regulation (CBER). Main...

Glyn Hughes to Take the Reins of TIACA as Its First Director General

Miami, 11 November 2020, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) announced that Glyn Hughes will take the newly created role of Director General. He will manage...

50 Days before Brexit: customs formalities

European Shippers’ Council held its seminar “50 Days before Brexit” on the 12th of November. The speakers presented what customs formalities will be introduced in France,...

Mitigating Risks of Marine Fuel Uncertainty

On 10th of November, European Shippers’ Council together with Ecumene Ventures organised a webinar called Mitigating Risks of Marine Fuel Uncertainty and New Emissions Regulations. The...

Lkw Maut (toll) in Germany: violation of European law

On 28th of October, 2020, the European Court of Justice ruled that the level of German Lkw-Maut is in violation of European law. According to the...

ESC at Smart Ports event

ESC chaired panel session New Boost in Shipping: Shippers & Carriers into a Standard Mode of Understanding at the Smart Ports Conference with the participation of...

TIACA’s survey on sustainability

The entire air cargo industry: shippers, forwarders, airlines, airports, ground handlers, manufacturers, and IT solution providers are invited to respond to a sustainability survey organised by...

Implementation of rail noise ban in Germany: no sanctions during 2020-2021

ESC was calling the European and national authorities for a delay in the implementation of the national legislation in Germany on rail noise reduction. The national...

Government inaction will lead to a wave of bankruptcies in the road transport sector

ESC is supporting IRU in its call for action to governments worldwide. The transport sector will collapse without targeted action as government financial packages are failing...

ERM report: COVID-19 crisis led to doubling of EU restructuring job loss

The COVID-19 crisis has led to a doubling of restructuring job loss in the first half of 2020 compared to the rolling average. The labour market...

IMO: crew changes and travel

An important reference set of protocols to ensure safe ship crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic has been recognised by IMO's technical body, the...

Mitigating Risks of Marine Fuel Uncertainty and New Emissions Regulations

10 November, 2020, ESC , together with Ecumene Ventures, are organising a webinar about new marine fuel emissions regulations and shipper-carrier fuel pricing mechanisms. Shippers need...

Shippers concerned about high rates and disruptions

Shippers are concerned about the rates increase, lack of service, and supply chain disruptions in maritime. This year the lines have been merging services, with blank...

50 days before Brexit, 12 November

Brexit day is coming closer but practical questions in the different modes of transport still remain. To mention just one: will the availability of permits for...

World Ports Conference 2020

Cargo owners are usually among the first victims in a crisis. COVID-19 has taken that to another level, with shipments being delayed, blanked, subjected to demurrage,...

Smart Ports: Piers of the Future, 17-18 November

ESC is supporting Smart Ports: Piers of the Future event which is organised as part of the Smart City Expo World Congress Event and will take...

Commission Communication on Covid-19 response measures and transport Green Lanes

28 October, 2020, the European Commission published Communication on additional COVID-19 response measures and a Communication upgrading the transport Green Lanes, both meant to coordinate Member...

EU Environmental Council on freight traffic

During the EU Environment Council on 23 October, 2020, the Ministers of Environment of the EU Member States asked the European Commission to introduce measures to...

Financing energy transition towards zero emissions in inland navigation

The Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine published initial qualitative results of the in-depth study on the “Financing of energy transition towards a zero-emission...

Phasing in greener engines slowed down by pandemic

Inland navigation currently has only one regulative framework regarding emission standards on vessels. This is the Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) Regulation 2016/1628, also known as the...

Rail

From December: charges for delay minutes caused in Germany In December this year DB Netze will launch a scheme in which railway undertakings and the infrastructure...

Adequate minimum wages in the EU

The European Commission released a proposal for a directive on adequate minimum wages in the EU. BusinessEurope reacted to the publication of the proposal calling it...

Withdrawal Agreement: European Commission sends letter of formal notice to the UK for breach of its obligations

1 October 2020, the European Commission sent the United Kingdom a letter of formal notice for breaching its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement. This marks the...

400,000 seafarers stuck at sea

24 September 2020, during a high-level event on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly Captain Hedi Marzougui appealed to Governments to act to allow...

New Customs Union Action Plan

28 September 2020, the European Commission launched a new Customs Union Action Plan setting out a series of measures to make EU customs smarter, more innovative,...

The Council approves granting €87.4 billion to support 16 Member States under SURE

The European Commission welcomes the Council's approval to grant €87.4 billion of financial support to 16 Member States under the SURE instrument to help protect jobs...

Allocation key for Next Generation EU instrument

In its answer to the European Parliament, the European Commission explains the grouping of the Member States in the modelling exercise for the Next Generation EU...

European Commission: adopting standards for inland waterways vessels

The European Commission issued the Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union on the technical standards...

ICONET project: improving performance of the supply chain

ICONET is a 30-month EU-funded project focusing on the implementation of the Physical Internet. The Smart PI Container is the cornerstone of the project. It is...

Shippers call for crew changes

European shippers together with the Global Shippers’ Alliance appeal to eliminate obstacles to crew changes. Letters have been sent to the International Maritime Organization and the...

WTO issues report on measures to expedite access to COVID-19 critical goods, services

The WTO Secretariat has published a new information note on how WTO members have used trade measures to expedite access to critical medical goods and services...

2020 WCO Annual Report

The WCO Annual Report 2020 outlines the main activities carried out during the 2019-2020 financial year, the main developments within the WCO and its regional structures,...

Posting in the Netherlands

The Working Conditions Posted Workers Act in the European Union (WagwEU in Dutch) has been in force since 1 June 2016. The Act governs the employment...

Mobility Package: dispute before the EU Court of Justice, hotel for foreign truck drivers, and consequences for shippers

Lithuania disputes the MOBILITY PACKAGE before the EU Court of Justice Some Member States do not approve of the new measures of the EU like the...

Adoption of Mobility Package I. Consequences for shippers

8th of July 2020, the European Parliament voted on the Mobility Package I in the second reading. This means that the text will be published in...

European Commission on the final adoption of the Mobility Package I by the European Parliament

9th July 2020, the European Commission welcomes the social improvements of the Mobility Package I voted by the European Parliament. However, they regret that the new...

European Council on 17-18 July 2020

EU leaders will meet physically in Brussels to discuss the recovery plan to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and a new long-term EU budget. On 19...

German Presidency – “Emerging stronger from the crisis together”

Germany's presidency of the Council of the EU covers the period from the 1st of July till the 31st of December 2020. The priorities of Germany's...

DG TRADE on the tools for economic recovery

DG TRADE presents findings from its in-house analysis regarding the post COVID-19 era. It stresses the importance of trade and highlights that protectionist measures are very...

Longer trains tested in the Netherlands

Rail carrier LTE has tested 740-meter freight trains. The company will continue operating these trains next year. Main advantages of using longer trains include a boost...

European Commission’s annual activity reports

The European Commission has published its Annual activity reports 2019. Every department and executive agency of the European Commission publishes an annual activity report. It details...

Free trade agreement with Vietnam to enter into force on 1 August 2020

The EU has negotiated a comprehensive free trade agreement with Vietnam. This leads to a reduction of 99% of all customs duties and further trade facilitation....

EC Temporary Framework to support micro and small enterprises

12 June 2020, the European Commission proposed to further extend the scope of the Temporary Framework by enabling Member States (i) to support certain micro and...

Motorways of the Sea: detailed implementation plan is ready

Detailed Implementation Plan for Motorways of the Sea sets the priorities for the creation of a sustainable, smart and seamless European Maritime Space. This plan is...

Norway ratifies e-CMR protocol

In June, Norway ratified the e-CMR protocol. In place since 2011, e-CMR, the electronic protocol of the standard consignment note under the United Nations Convention for...

European Commission is undertaking major EU trade policy review

The European Commission’s major review of the European Union's trade policy will include a public consultation seeking input from the European Parliament, Member States, stakeholders, and...

CLECAT joins Drewry-ESC transparent tool for bunker charges

Brussels, London, 30 June 2020 – European forwarders’ association joins industry initiative on a fair, neutral bunker adjustment factor indexing mechanism for shippers, forwarders and shipping...

TIACA launches its 2nd Air Cargo Sustainability Award

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) announced that the second edition of the Air Cargo Sustainability Award is now open for applications. The competition aims to...

EC guidelines: restoration of transport services and connectivity

The European Commission published Guidelines on the Progressive Restoration of Transport Services and Connectivity – COVID-19 2020/C 169/02. Given the global nature of the COVID-19 outbreak...

Influence of COVID-19 on ports compared to 2008 financial crisis

The normal flow patterns in maritime sector are severely disrupted due to COVID-19. Global container shipping has a decrease of 8-10 % in the volumes transported....

Galileo Green Lanes application

The Galileo Green Lanes App is now open for use by all interested parties, companies, and drivers in the EU and neighbouring countries. The application was...

ESC and evofenedex focus on Turkey’s trade barriers

Due to COVID-19, Turkey has increased the import duties on products originating from third countries. Besides, European exporters will be asked to provide a declaration of...

Container transport: Drewry-ESC satisfaction survey

Availability of cargo space is number one customer requirement, according to the fourth annual shipper satisfaction survey of Drewry and ESC. Container shipping lines’ ability to provide...

COVID-19: WTO reports growing number of export restrictions

Eighty countries and customs territories so far have introduced export prohibitions or restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic according to a new report by...

COVID-19: Galileo Green Lane, easing pressure at the EU’s internal borders

The European GNSS Agency is working together with the European Commission on an application to facilitate the movement of goods and freight within the EU in...

COVID-19: more news

ESC is following closely the developments related to COVID-19. For the measures per country and links to different organisations taking steps to respond to the coronavirus...

Post-COVID-19: ESC, CLECAT, and EEA on Green Lanes and Air Cargo guidelines

Brussels, 27 April 2020, European Shippers’ Council, CLECAT, and the European Express Association welcome last week’s Joint European Commission and European Council Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19...

Interim appeal arrangement for WTO disputes

30 April 2020, the EU and other WTO members have formally notified the 'Multi-party interim appeal arbitration arrangement' (MPIA) to the World Trade Organization (WTO). This...

Decarbonization matters. Launch of Smart Freight Procurement Questionnaire

13 May 2020, Smart Freight Centre launches its Smart Freight Procurement (SFP) Questionnaire. Shippers and logistics service providers are welcome to join the online webinar sessions...