Newslist

2019

  • Smarter rules for safer food and plant health

    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 health” in Brussels on the 13th of December 2019.   The main objective is …
  • Invitation to FERRMED Brussels Conference, November 6th, 2019

    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 / International Press Centre, 155 Rue de la Loi, 1040, Brussels. On that occasion, …
  • Brexit grace period

    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. It is not possible to declare these consignments for export to the UK, as …
  • Shippers’ rail freight memorandum

    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 transport mode.  While recognising the progress made by the European Commission on important rail …
  • Smart Transport Manager Training

    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 could be interesting for ESC members. The STMT is aimed at carriers and freight …
  • Smart freight procurement guidelines

    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 procurement practices.
  • The EU and Norway agree on an interim appeal system

    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 EU and Norway secure an effective and binding dispute settlement for any potential trade …
  • Provisional Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

    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 brexit withdrawal agreement between the government of the United Kingdom and the European Union …
  • EC Event – Connecting TEN-T corridors and sustainable MoS

    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 Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridors and hosted by the Spanish Ministry of Public Works & Transport and …
  • Smart Ports 2019 – Policy & Sustainability ahead

    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’. The workshop takes place on November 21st, 2019 from 10:30 h till 13:30 h …
  • Mobility Package I to be resumed

    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 Package I files where it was left off at the previous legislative term: Posting …
  • Green Inland Shipping. 16 October 2019. Registration is open

    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 to bring pollution levels down significantly, will be demonstrated in CO2-neutral Port of Brussels.  …
  • EU funding of transport projects

    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 effectiveness of European Union (EU) funding instruments that support transport projects. These instruments are …
  • ESC speaks to FreightWaves on no-Brexit chaos for shippers

    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 organised in a proper way, one has to foresee additional facilities, such as a …
  • BNP Paribas Fortis Chair Transport, Logistics and Ports Second Shipping event

    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” Antwerp, October 22th, 2019   After the successful Shipping event in February 2017 (link), …
  • Joint statement for an ambitious Horizon Europe Programme

    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. We therefor call on the EU Council to raise the Horizon Europe budget to …
  • Feedback Needed on EU Mercosur Trade Negotiations

    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 in the Customs and Trade Facilitation chapter with Mercosur, the EU would like to …
  • IRU: Additional Security Measures Calais Necessary

    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. It would thereby create a unique position of the UK in Europe. Prime Minister …
  • Trade as discussed at G7 summit, Biarritz, France, 24-26/08/2019

    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 G7 summit, leaders discussed the global economic outlook and issues related to trade tensions. …
  • ICONET project at the 6th International Physical Internet Conference in London

    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 in Future PI Logistics Networks). ICONET presented the Generic PI Case Study (GPICS) at …
  • Shippers call on European Commission to reinforce its actions in trade

    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 legislative term. These concern a stronger focus on facilitation in Free Trade Agreements and …
  • ESC Vice Chair on advancing sustainability in logistics chains

    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 mitigation goals. The Vice Chair of the European Shippers’ Council and the Managing Director …
  • Czech Republic to allow EMS vehicle combinations

    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 weight of 48 tonnes. The European Modular System (EMS) is a solution that allows …
  • ESC to participate at JOC Container Trade Europe conference

    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.
  • IMO 2020: New Marpol VI Regulations

    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 shipping community.  
  • Green Inland Shipping

    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 pollution down at the Green Inland Shipping event at Port of Brussels on the …
  • ESC at Motorways of the Sea

    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 chains. The event was held in Brussels on the 21st of June 2019. The …
  • Governments’ climate plans

    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. Only the top 3, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain, scored above 50% in …
  • French TLF is lobbying for 25.25 meters of LHV

    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 the French government to test combinations of longer and heavier vehicles (LHV) – vehicles …
  • EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements

    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).
  • Evaluation of SOLAR VGM Regulation. Shippers are invited

    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

    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 Barge Union (EBU) and the European Skippers Organisation (ESO) have established the platform as …
  • Trucks to have smart digital tachographs installed

    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.
  • Key performance indicators in maritime supply chain

    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 2019.
  • Smart Ports Sustainability Ahead

    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 2020, Transparency & Digitalisation on the 21 November 2019 in Barcelona.
  • Emissions reduction with GLEC strategy 2019-2021

    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 global logistics supply chains. Three main goals will lead further development of the GLEC …
  • France on agreement negotiation with Mercosur

    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.
  • WTO negotiations on e-commerce

    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.
  • Transport emissions up according to EEA report

    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 2017 with transport emissions going up.
  • New rules on plastic waste exports

    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.
  • ICC about Incoterms 2020 fake news

    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 about the current status of the Incoterms® 2020 rules until their publication.
  • How China – US trade war affects EU

    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.
  • ESC at Motorways of the Sea

    ESC at Motorways of the Sea

    ESC will participate at the Motorways of the Sea Forum on the 21st of June 2019.
  • Battery electric vehicles – an emission-free solution or a recharging problem?

    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 to CO2 emissions concern. To use it, you need to solve the charging infrastructure …
  • Air connectivity between Belt and Road countries

    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 forging new trade routes between Belt and Road countries and other states.
  • EU and US to discuss trade

    EU and US to discuss trade

    The EU and US to hold bilateral trade talks in Washington this week.
  • Research on coopetition

    Research on coopetition

    ESC invites actors in the transport field to participate in a research on cooperation between competitors (coopetition).
  • Connected and Automated Transport

    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 Innovation Agenda (STRIA).
  • Rules on CO2 reduction for trucks

    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 heavy trucks should be 30 percent lower than in 2019.
  • Asian shippers set priorities

    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 sharply increasing shipping costs, and to encourage the improvement of liners’ performance. For more …
  • Logistics dialogue in Vienna

    Logistics dialogue in Vienna

    A Brexit seminar took place during the Logistics Dialogue in Vienna.
  • Shippers’ and forwarders’ associations commit to accelerating logistics emissions footprinting and reduction

    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 and CLECAT stand for a universal methodology to calculate emissions from logistics operations, …
  • ESC – Drewry survey reveals lack of clarity on surcharges

    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, and freight forwarders falls marginally.
  • Brexit: preparation in case of no-deal scenario

    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 try again to have the Withdrawal Agreement approved.
  • Shippers call for repeal unless a revised BER is adopted

    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 services in maritime transport for shippers as it aimed to.
  • ESC reacts on WSC’s criticism of ITF report

    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 survey launched by ESC together with Drewry.
  • ESC Maritime Day: possibility of BER modification

    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 the new International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) sulphur cap. The current BER expires on the …
  • ESC at Global Shippers’ Alliance meeting

    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.
  • Indirect procurement: discover potential savings

    Indirect procurement: discover potential savings

    Shippers in the Benelux countries are encouraged to participate in the survey on indirect procurement.
  • Uber in Europe

    Uber in Europe

    Uber Freight in Europe can be an option for shippers to lessen the shortage of drivers.
  • Future of customs: blockchain and data analytics

    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 Yao-Hua Tan, Prof. Dr. from Delft University of Technology and the scientific coordinator of …
  • International trade: packaging material

    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 – if a violation takes place, it may lead to disruptions and delays in shippers’ …
  • LEARN final event

    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 helps to improve emissions reduction.
  • DREWRY-ESC annual survey: CONTAINER SHIPPING

    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

    Trade with US

    Last week the Trade committee of the European Parliament voted in favour of opening trade negotiations with the United States.
  • Rail freight: give your opinion on rail transport

    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 them.
  • EC survey on the use of euro

    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 in companies’ transactions.
  • Brexit: contingency plans or old bilaterals?

    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 a company needs to prepare for. In the case of a no deal, should …
  • Global shippers to meet in Amsterdam

    Global shippers to meet in Amsterdam

    The Global Shippers’ Alliance meeting will take place in Amsterdam on 18th – 19th of March 2019.
  • European Maritime Single Window environment

    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 Council, the European Commission, and the European Parliament.
  • Mobility Package: meeting of TRAN coordinators

    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 next steps regarding the three key dossiers of the Mobility Package 1 : driving …
  • European Rail Freight Line System – Stakeholder Event

    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 February 2019 in Frankfurt.
  • Launch of European Inland Waterways Transport Platform

    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 sector at Union level.
  • 3rd IATA Global Shippers’ Survey

    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.
  • BREXIT: last chance to prevent chaos

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

    ‘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.
  • Vote on Mobility Package in TRAN committee

    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 pillar proposals under the first Mobility Package.
  • Boost to EU export with EU-Japan trade agreement

    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.
  • European Shippers’ Council on Block Exemption Regulation

    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.
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