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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European Shippers Council

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

Smarter rules for safer food and plant health

With the support of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU, DG SANTE is organising the conference “Smarter rules for safer food and plant...

Invitation to FERRMED Brussels Conference, November 6th, 2019

FERRMED is pleased to announce a new FERRMED Conference entitled: “The second Eurasian Connectivity and Industrial Cooperation Forum (Europe)”, on November 6th, 2019, in the Residence Palace...

Brexit grace period

Several European organisations have asked for a so-called grace period for consignments that start their journey before a hard Brexit and arrive after the Brexit date....

Shippers’ rail freight memorandum

Shippers would like to see rail transport as a real alternative to road transport. Collaboration and harmonisation are required to increase reliability and flexibility of this...

Smart Transport Manager Training

To upskill operational transport managers, Smart Freight Centre is organising the Smart Transport Manager Training (STMT). The content of the programme as well as the approach...

Smart freight procurement guidelines

Smart Freight Centre issued a report with smart freight procurement guidelines on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants from freight transport and logistics...

The EU and Norway agree on an interim appeal system

On the 21st of October 2019, the EU and Norway notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) about their interim appeal arbitration arrangement. Through this agreement, the...

Provisional Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

The provisional brexit agreement is a first good step. Despite optimism however, a no deal-brexit is still possible at the end of this month. The provisional...

EC Event – Connecting TEN-T corridors and sustainable MoS

On 30 October, the EC invites to a full-day joint seminar organised by the European TEN-T Coordinators for Motorways of the Sea, the Mediterranean and the...

Smart Ports 2019 – Policy & Sustainability ahead

As part of the 'Smart City Expo World Congress 2019', ESC and Transprime are organising the 'Smart Ports - Policy & sustainability ahead: IMO2020, Transparency, digitisation'....

Mobility Package I to be resumed

As it was agreed at the TRAN extraordinary meeting at the European Parliament on the 19th of September, MEPs will resume work on the three Mobility...

Green Inland Shipping. 16 October 2019. Registration is open

European Inland Barging Innovation Platform together with its partners invites you to attend their event and to discover the innovative inland vessels. The techniques that help...

EU funding of transport projects

Recent research conducted for the TRAN committee of the European Parliament focused on EU funding of transport projects. The study provides recommendations for improving the future...

ESC speaks to FreightWaves on no-Brexit chaos for shippers

Speaking to FreightWaves, the ESC Secretary-General Godfried Smit stressed that many companies are already too late to prepare for Brexit. For shippers, to have their distribution...

BNP Paribas Fortis Chair Transport, Logistics and Ports Second Shipping event

The BNP Paribas Fortis chair is pleased to invite you to its event: “Regulation and its impact on investment decisions in the shipping industry and beyond”...

Joint statement for an ambitious Horizon Europe Programme

ESC and 92 other European associations urge the EU Institutions to make research, development and innovation (RD&I) a priority within the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027....

Feedback Needed on EU Mercosur Trade Negotiations

In April 2016 the EU and Mercosur decided to start trade negotiations. In order to gain insights into the areas in which further progress is possible...

IRU: Additional Security Measures Calais Necessary

Although the UK expressed that it would not accept free movement of European workers after the Brexit, it wants to maintain access to the single market....

Trade as discussed at G7 summit, Biarritz, France, 24-26/08/2019

For ESC, trade facilitation is one of the priority areas and a well-functioning rules-based trading system is a prerequisite for smooth functioning of the economy. At...

ICONET project at the 6th International Physical Internet Conference in London

The Physical Internet (PI) concept is increasing in interest. ESC is a partner in the ICONET project (New ICT Infrastructure & Reference Architecture to Support Operations...

Shippers call on European Commission to reinforce its actions in trade

In its position paper to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade, European Shippers’ Council has outlined the main priorities the organisation sees for the new EC...

ESC Vice Chair on advancing sustainability in logistics chains

Shippers are addressing sustainability at different levels and with different partners, in all transport modes and throughout entire logistics chains in order to meet climate change...

Czech Republic to allow EMS vehicle combinations

Czech Republic has recently decided to allow the use of European Modular System vehicle combinations in its territory with the maximum length of 25.25 metres and...

ESC to participate at JOC Container Trade Europe conference

ESC will be speaking at the panel on IMO 2020 during the JOC Container Trade Europe conference in Hamburg on the 17th of September 2019. (more…)

IMO 2020: New Marpol VI Regulations

Shippers are invited to participate at the "IMO 2020: New Marpol VI Regulations" event in Lisbon on the 19th of September that will address the whole...

Green Inland Shipping

Inland shipping is moving towards its sustainability goals. Come and discover the innovative inland vessels which have embarked on that journey and test solutions that bring...

ESC at Motorways of the Sea

At the Motorways of the Sea Forum, ESC spoke on the main needs that should be addressed to better integrate maritime transport in the overall door-to-door...

Governments’ climate plans

A new climate ranking shows that EU governments' plans to cut pollution from transport, Europe's biggest emitter, will fail to meet their own 2030 emissions targets....

French TLF is lobbying for 25.25 meters of LHV

TLF (Union des Entreprises de Transport et de Logistique de France) - Union of Transport and Logistics Companies of France - is drafting a proposal for...

EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements

On the 30th of June 2019, EU and Vietnam will sign a free trade agreement (FTA) and an investment protection agreement (IPA). (more…)

Evaluation of SOLAR VGM Regulation. Shippers are invited

Shippers are invited to participate in the survey conducted by Liverpool John Moores University that is evaluating SOLAS Verified Gross Mass Regulation in the maritime sector....

European Inland Waterway Transport platform’s annual report

The European Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) platform publishes its first annual report covering the activities of the platform since its creation in January 2018. The European...

Trucks to have smart digital tachographs installed

As of 15 June this year, trucks and buses registered in the EU for the first time must have a smart digital tachograph installed. (more…)

Key performance indicators in maritime supply chain

ESC discussed the implementation of Key Performance Indicators in the maritime supply chain at the Global Maritime Logistics Dialogue in Leipzig on 22 – 24 May...

Smart Ports Sustainability Ahead

ESC together with the Global Shippers’ Alliance and Spanish Shippers’ Council – TRANSPRIME are organising a Smart Ports Sustainability Ahead event with the focus on IMO...

Emissions reduction with GLEC strategy 2019-2021

The Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) was founded to establish and implement global, harmonized guidelines for calculating, reporting, and reducing logistics emissions and enhancing efficiency across...

France on agreement negotiation with Mercosur

France will not ratify any agreement with Mercosur countries if it harms the interests of French farmers and consumers. (more…)

WTO negotiations on e-commerce

Council adopted a negotiating mandate to enable the European Commission to participate in plurilateral negotiations on electronic commerce with its WTO partners. (more…)

Transport emissions up according to EEA report

According to the report produced by the European Environment Agency in May 2019, there was a small increase in EU’s total green house gas emissions in...

New rules on plastic waste exports

Country representatives voted to add plastic waste to the scope of the Basel Convention, which regulates the movement of waste between countries. (more…)

ICC about Incoterms 2020 fake news

International Chamber of Commerce advises that only ICC and its global offices, known as national committees and groups, are in the position to authentically inform you...

How China – US trade war affects EU

A quarter of European companies with activities in China say that they are affected by the trade dispute between China and the US. (more…)

ESC at Motorways of the Sea

ESC will participate at the Motorways of the Sea Forum on the 21st of June 2019. (more…)

Battery electric vehicles – an emission-free solution or a recharging problem?

According to Peter Leegstraten, the manager of purchasing and innovation at Ahold Delhaize, it is not enough to get a battery electric vehicle (BEV) to respond...

Air connectivity between Belt and Road countries

ICAO Secretary General Dr Fang Liu at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing highlighted the critical role of air transport in...

EU and US to discuss trade

The EU and US to hold bilateral trade talks in Washington this week. (more…)

Research on coopetition

ESC invites actors in the transport field to participate in a research on cooperation between competitors (coopetition). (more…)

Connected and Automated Transport

In April 2019, the European Commission published the Roadmap on Connected and Automated Transport: Road, Rail and Waterborne as part of its Strategic Transport Research and...

Rules on CO2 reduction for trucks

The CO2 emissions of new trucks and other heavy commercial vehicles must be reduced. By 2025 by 15 percent, and by 2030 the CO2 emissions of...

Asian shippers set priorities

European Shippers’ Council welcomes the agreement of the Asian Shippers’ Alliance (ASA) to contribute to the review process of the Block Exemption Regulation, to battle against...

Logistics dialogue in Vienna

A Brexit seminar took place during the Logistics Dialogue in Vienna. (more…)

Shippers’ and forwarders’ associations commit to accelerating logistics emissions footprinting and reduction

Given the increasing urgency to step up decarbonisation efforts in the logistics sector, European shippers and freight forwarders are committed to logistics emissions footprinting and reduction....

ESC – Drewry survey reveals lack of clarity on surcharges

According to the third annual shipper satisfaction survey of Drewry and the European Shippers’ Council (ESC), the level of satisfaction concerning container carriers among exporters, importers,...

Brexit: preparation in case of no-deal scenario

The Brexit deadline is the 12th of April 2019. This week a Summit of EU Heads of State and Government on the 10th of April will...

Shippers call for repeal unless a revised BER is adopted

European Shippers’ Council states that the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (BER) that is currently under the revision of the European Commission has not contributed to better...

ESC reacts on WSC’s criticism of ITF report

ESC has considered the remarks made by the World Shipping Council about the ITF working document ‘Container Shipping in Europe’, in particular, on the customer satisfaction...

ESC Maritime Day: possibility of BER modification

Rotterdam, the 20th of March 2019, the participants of the ESC Maritime Day discussed the ongoing evaluation of the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (BER) and...

ESC at Global Shippers’ Alliance meeting

ESC as a member of the Global Shippers’ Alliance took part in its annual meeting in Amsterdam on the 19th of March 2019. (more…)

Indirect procurement: discover potential savings

Shippers in the Benelux countries are encouraged to participate in the survey on indirect procurement. (more…)

Uber in Europe

Uber Freight in Europe can be an option for shippers to lessen the shortage of drivers. (more…)

Future of customs: blockchain and data analytics

Developments in data analytics and blockchain can provide customs with efficient tools for their daily work and facilitate trade for shippers, as it was stressed by...

International trade: packaging material

New legislation (“Plant Health Law”) impacting wood packaging material for imported goods will enter into force on the 14th of December 2019. Shippers are affected -...

LEARN final event

The Logistics Emissions Accounting and Reduction Network  (LEARN) project presented its results and practical examples how accounting of logistics and freight emissions works for businesses and...

DREWRY-ESC annual survey: CONTAINER SHIPPING

European Shippers’ Council is encouraging shippers to participate in the survey on the quality of services that shippers receive in container shipping. The deadline is approaching....

Trade with US

Last week the Trade committee of the European Parliament voted in favour of opening trade negotiations with the United States. (more…)

Rail freight: give your opinion on rail transport

The Barometer of shippers’ perception of rail freight will assess the satisfaction of shippers at the European level regarding the service that rail transport offers to...

EC survey on the use of euro

On behalf of the European Commission, ESC calls for companies to participate in stakeholder consultations organised by the European Commission about the use of the euro...

Brexit: contingency plans or old bilaterals?

Trade is encouraged to continue preparing for Brexit but with just a few weeks away from the 29th of March it is still not clear what...

Global shippers to meet in Amsterdam

The Global Shippers’ Alliance meeting will take place in Amsterdam on 18th - 19th of March 2019. (more…)

European Maritime Single Window environment

ESC welcomes successful EU negotiations on establishing the European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe). A compromise was reached in Brussels on 7 February 2019 between the...

Mobility Package: meeting of TRAN coordinators

At the meeting of the TRAN coordinators on 21st of January 2019 at the European Parliament, they were unable to come to a decision on the...

European Rail Freight Line System – Stakeholder Event

Shippers are invited to participate in the rail stakeholders’ meeting organised in the framework of the European Rail Freight Line System project on the 27th of...

Launch of European Inland Waterways Transport Platform

The European Barge Union (EBU) and the European Skippers Organisation (ESO) establish the European Inland Waterways Transport Platform to strengthen the representation of the inland navigation...

3rd IATA Global Shippers’ Survey

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launches a survey to learn about shippers’perceptions, experiences, and expectations when using air to transport goods. (more…)

BREXIT: last chance to prevent chaos

European Shippers’ Council calls for a transitional period following the date when the UK will leave the EU on the 29th of March 2019. (more…)

‘Get ready for Brexit’ website to help businesses in Dutch ports

Last week Portbase and cooperating branch organisations in the Dutch ports launched the information campaign website www.getreadyforbrexit.eu/en. (more…)

Vote on Mobility Package in TRAN committee

On January 10, the TRAN Committee of the European Parliament held a vote on the amendments tabled to the draft reports on the social and market...

Boost to EU export with EU-Japan trade agreement

Approved by the European Parliament in December 2018, the EU’s landmark trade agreement with Japan will enter into force on 1 February 2019. (more…)

European Shippers’ Council on Block Exemption Regulation

The European Shippers' Council recommends to revoke and replace the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (the BER) as it exists today. (more…)

EU safeguard measures with third countries: Japan, Vietnam, Singapore

End November, a provisional agreement on a proposal to include safeguard measures in trade agreements was reached by the EU Presidency and European Parliament representatives. Such...

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