December 7, 2016, Belgian Shippers’ Council (OTM) and Dutch Shippers’ Council (EVO FENEDEX) have signed a common Memorandum with the Benelux Union on a tighter cooperation in transport and logistics. “We are aiming at an optimal regional collaboration, with Benelux becoming a research centre for innovation in transport and logistics”, said Jan MOLEMA, the Head of the Market Team of the Benelux Union.
Lennart HEIP (OTM), Jeroen de VETH (EVO FENEDEX) and Nik DELMEIRE (European Shippers’ Council) expressed their wish that Benelux would develop itself as a logistics test area. They stressed the importance of a digital consignment note (eCMR) to be allowed in all Benelux countries, a tighter collaboration between Benelux inspection agencies and customs, and sharing of best practices and knowledge on Intelligent Transport Systems.
Deputy Secretary General of the Benelux Union Lux WILLEMS declared that the Union would love to be at the service of the associations. “More specifically, digitalization of the trade flows will be a top priority for Benelux next year,” he said.
A Dutch version of Memorandum is available here.