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

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

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Inland transport
Rail transport
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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European Shippers' Council

Fostering an efficient, sustainable and digitalised freight transport system within and outside of Europe.

New ESC president

Roman Stiftner: “Supply chains have to become more transparent in order to build stability and resilience.”

At the ESC Board meeting of October 19th 2021, Roman Stiftner [Vienna, 1969] was confirmed as the new president of the European Shippers’ Council. Stiftner takes over the helm of ESC from Denis Choumert, who has chaired the organisation for the last 10 years. Choumert will stay on as a Board member.

For more information, please see the Press Release.

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Review of the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation: stakeholders call the EC for a change in legislation

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Workshop on Swedish initiatives supporting road zero emission freight and logistics

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SAVE THE DATE: Logistics for Europe, Brussels, 23 November 2022

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European Parliament: draft report on resilient supply chains in EU trade to address current shortages

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Supply and pricing of energy threaten Europe’s modal shift objectives

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International Carriage of Dangerous Goods

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Commission moves to ban products made with forced labour on the EU market

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Tracking the EU Commissioners’ commitments

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Funding opportunities, October

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Maritime industry unites to call for earmarking of ETS revenues

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2022 State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen

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Funding opportunities in research and innovation

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CENELEC offers a new tool to manage electrical compatibility in railways

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Leaflets for drivers and operators on Posting of Drivers and Driving and Resting Time

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Implications of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine for the European Economy

The cost of the war, so far, can be estimated at around one-and-a-half point of lower real growth and about three additional points of headline inflation....

Commission amends TEN-T proposal in view of the impact brought by the war situation in Ukraine

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Decarbonizing Road Freight Transport: Zero Emissions Vehicles availability roadmap

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DCSA and the European Shippers’ Council agree to collaborate to drive adoption of DCSA standards

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Open letter to the European Commission on CO2 standards for heavy duty vehicles

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European Parliament pushes for greener aviation fuels

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Mobility Package I: questions on implementation and enforcement

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Study: the future of transport in the context of the Recovery Plan

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Flexiwaggon: cost reductions for the value chain

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What stakehoders think: the need for technology openness to achieve CO2 emissions reduction from vehicles

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MEPs back objective of zero emissions for cars and vans in 2035

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MEPs want stricter rules for Member States’ greenhouse gas emissions

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Votes in the European Parliament

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Council adopts its position on three texts relating to the transport sector

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European Environment Agency: analysis on road transport gas emissions

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RAIL: Multimodal Freight Conference, 22 June, Le Havre

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Transport Council conclusions: TEN-T and driver attestations for third country drivers

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Austria’s policy restricting lorry traffic through Tyrol

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Commission’s Contingency Plan for Transport

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Suspended import duties on Ukraine products

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WTO reform and preparations for the 12th WTO ministerial conference

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EU Legislative Tracker

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Supply chain ethics

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Workshops: Countries and regions initiatives supporting zero emission road freight and logistics

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Second ENTRANCE live webinar

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Shifting cargo to rail, new shift2030 initiative

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European Innovation Procurement Awards

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Public consultation: extension of EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation

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Commission state aid due to war situation in Ukraine

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Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and UK

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ESPORG Award Ceremony 2022

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The role of maritime trade in the post-COVID recovery

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A regular chemical train on the New Silk Road

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Inland waterway transport needs investment

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