ESC to Bulc: open up Europe
The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) spoke with European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, yesterday, about creating a level playing field for shippers and taking down trade barriers within the European Union.
The ESC told Bulc that its member companies should be able to take maximum advantage of the internal European market. Untill this day, the European market has remained restricted on matters like the weight and dimension of lorries, the hiring of personnel in other Member States and national differences in the implementation of European taxation such as VAT and excise duties that enhance the compliance costs for shippers.
Nik Delmeire, Secretary General of the ESC, presented Bulc with the ESC’s main goals it wants the new European Commission to focus on:
- There must be a liberalized rail freight market in Europe, full interoperability and an optimized service level.
- Only a European road freight market without borders, more harmonized labour laws and a level playing field between all modalities can enable a stronger internal market.
- To make air freight more accessible to shippers, there must be a paperless exchange of information, global standards for security measures, greater transparency in pricing and a liberalization of air services.
- More harmonized taxation (VAT and excise), better cooperation between border agencies, and enhanced trade facilitation will boost international trade.
- The maritime service level an improve by monitoring alliances to prevent less choice in price, service levels and routes, proportional environmental measures, a European framework for state aid to ports and more competition and financial transparency between seaports.