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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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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Commission state aid due to war situation in Ukraine

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ESPORG Award Ceremony 2022

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Inquiry in the container shipping sector is needed to remove unfair and discriminatory rules

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Maritime disruption to be discussed at Container Shipping conference

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The role of maritime trade in the post-COVID recovery

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