Coordination between ports and ways to facilitate trade, information exchange, and Single Window were on the agenda of the special event on ports organised by the International Maritime Organization on 11 June 2018. European Shippers’ Council discussed the state of the maritime supply chain with the Secretary General of the IMO and suggested to organise a special event on the Supply Chain allowing an exchange of views between all relevant parties in the chain. “A very good idea!” said Secretary General Kitack Lim taking his notebook. ESC is looking forward to this cooperation.
At the panel of the Shift2Rail event, the European Shippers’ Council and the European Passengers Federation stated that “Rail” must become more customer focused and more affordable, punctual, reliable, and available! “And rail should increase its internal and external connectivity,” added Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission.
This year ESC chaired a panel on Connectivity at the 5th International Physical Internet Conference 2018 that took place 18-22 June. The newest insights and best practices about data sharing, service platforms, and computational support were discussed during this panel.
The first mandate of the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF) has ended, and the official reports and recommendations will be available soon. However, ESC and other DTLF members expect the EC to grant the second mandate to progress further on digital transport documents.
European Shippers’ Council is contributing to the review process of Incoterms. We are happy to see that the International Chamber of Commerce has taken on board practitioners’ criticism as to the readability, clarity, and practical applicability of several Incoterms. Sadly, not all problems as experienced by practitioners are resolved in the currently proposed changes. So, if no further improvements are made, we can still expect issues to arise concerning packaging, EXW, and excise/customs related activities.
OCDE launched a public consultation on the draft OECD Guidance to Counter Illicit Trade in Free Trade Zones (FTZ).
Last week in a vote the European Parliament rejected the amendments to the proposals on updating drivers’ rest time rules, cabotage, and posting of drivers and referred them back to the Transport committee for further consideration.