Test

Can platooning keep its promises?

The European project ENSEMBLE has developed a communication protocol approved by all major European truck manufacturers for platooning multi-brand road convoys. Combining tests on simulators, demonstrations...

Need for a long-term strategy regarding the problem of drought and inland shipping

The European Commission answered the European Parliament regarding the major bottlenecks in inland navigation caused by droughts and the solutions that the EC envisages. As the...

Inland waterways: investments and innovation will make this transport reliable, flexible, and agile

At the event “Role of Inland Waterways Transport in the Framework of EU's Mobility and Supply Policy" organised by the European Barge Union on 17 November 2022,...

Predictability : where is my cargo in the era of disruptions?

What do beneficiary cargo owners expect from port authorities and shipping lines? What are the data that BCOs are looking from ports authorities? What are the...

Logistics for Europe: let’s move towards resilient and competitive supply chains

23rd November 2022, the 2022 Logistics for Europe event brought together shippers, freight forwarders, logistics sector professionals, and European law makers. They engaged in a constructive...

Funding opportunities, November-December 2022

ESC has outlined the relevant funding opportunities in the area of logistics and transport. The EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation is Horizon Europe....

Free online workshop: Italian/Piedmontian initiatives supporting road zero emission freight and logistics

Date and Time: 19 October 2022, 10:00 – 12:10 h (CET) (via Zoom) This workshop belongs to the series of online workshops on “countries and regions...

The end-to-end supply chain

In his article for Port Technology International, ESC Secretary General Godfried Smit explains the end-to-end supply chain and its recent changes and challenges. Due to Covid...

Overcoming the European truck drivers’ shortage

During the Roundtable “Overcoming the European truck drivers’ shortage” at the European SDG (sustainability development goals) Summit 2022 last week, ESC Secretary General Godfried Smit  stressed...

Experts are calling the European Commission for a dialogue on taxation and customs issues

ESC is a member of the Trade Contact Group (TCG) of the European Commission’s Directorate-General Taxation and Customs Union. The TCG provides a platform for regular...

Charter on improving the treatment of drivers

On October 11, 2022, Jordi Espin Vallbona, ESC’s Strategic Relations Manager, took part in an event organised by the International Road Transport Union (IRU) at the...

Global Shippers publish manifesto on minimal service levels in maritime container transport

The goal of this manifesto is to describe a minimal level of service and fair treatment that shippers can expect in maritime container transport. It works...

MARKET ANALYSIS ON INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR MEDIUM- AND HEAVY-DUTY ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLES FOR ROAD FREIGHT TRANSPORT!

In the frame of the ENTRANCE project, a market analysis on innovative solutions for Medium- and Heavy-duty Zero-Emission Vehicles for Road Freight Transport has been developed...

Driving Urban Transitions (DUT) 2022 CALL is OPEN for pre-proposal submission

The purpose of this Call is to support transnational research and/or innovation projects addressing urban challenges to help cities in their transition towards a more sustainable...

Review of the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation: stakeholders call the EC for a change in legislation

ESC together with other stakeholders are calling the European Commission for a change in the legislative framework in the maritime shipping sector. « As consumers or...

Workshop on Swedish initiatives supporting road zero emission freight and logistics

Date and Time: 11 October 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 h (CET) (via Zoom) As part of the series of online workshops on “countries and regions initiatives...

SAVE THE DATE: Logistics for Europe, Brussels, 23 November 2022

ESC, CLECAT, and ELA are pleased to invite you to the Logistics for Europe event taking place on the 23rd of November 2022 (13:00-20:00) at the...

European Parliament: draft report on resilient supply chains in EU trade to address current shortages

The Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament produced a draft report on resilient supply chains in EU trade to address current shortages. In its...

Supply and pricing of energy threaten Europe’s modal shift objectives

The ongoing crisis in European energy markets triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine will have a significant impact on all sectors. Despite its energy-efficiency rail...

International Carriage of Dangerous Goods

On 20 September 2022, the Council took a decision on the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union on the amendments to the...

Commission moves to ban products made with forced labour on the EU market

The Commission proposed to prohibit products made with forced labour on the EU market. The proposal covers all products, namely those made in the EU for...

Tracking the EU Commissioners’ commitments

The policy departments of the European Parliament produced a compilation of briefings that track the commitments made by the Vice-Presidents and Commissioners to the European Parliament...

Funding opportunities, October

ESC has outlined the relevant funding opportunities in the area of logistics and transport. The EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation is Horizon Europe....

Maritime industry unites to call for earmarking of ETS revenues

European shippers, ports, shipowners, cruise sector, shipyards and equipment manufacturers, fuel suppliers, forwarders and port operators join forces and call on the Member States and the...

2022 State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen

On September 14th, 2022, President von der Leyen delivered the annual State of the Union Address. In the course of her speech, President von der Leyen...

Funding opportunities in research and innovation

ESC has outlined the relevant funding opportunities in the area of logistics and transport. The EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation is Horizon Europe....

CENELEC offers a new tool to manage electrical compatibility in railways

Ensuring the electrical compatibility between rolling stock and electric traction systems is crucial for organizing a railway network. The train operating companies must be able to...

Leaflets for drivers and operators on Posting of Drivers and Driving and Resting Time

The European Labour Authority (ELA or the Authority) prepared and published two information leaflets for drivers and operators in the road transport sector. In some cases,...

Implications of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine for the European Economy

The cost of the war, so far, can be estimated at around one-and-a-half point of lower real growth and about three additional points of headline inflation....

Commission amends TEN-T proposal in view of the impact brought by the war situation in Ukraine

The Commission proposes to amend its December 2021 proposal on the revision of the TEN-T Regulation. Russia’s war against Ukraine has redefined the geopolitical landscape, highlighting...

Decarbonizing Road Freight Transport: Zero Emissions Vehicles availability roadmap

WHY THIS WEBINAR Freight transport, logistics companies and shippers are developing and implementing their decarbonization roadmaps. Battery Electric and Fuel Cell Hydrogen Electric vehicles are key...

DCSA and the European Shippers’ Council agree to collaborate to drive adoption of DCSA standards

AMSTERDAM, BRUSSELS, 3 August, 2022 — Ongoing supply chain disruption has highlighted the urgency for closer collaboration between cargo owners and ocean carriers to improve cargo...

Open letter to the European Commission on CO2 standards for heavy duty vehicles

Time to recognise the role of renewable fuels to decarbonise road transport In the context of the upcoming legislation on CO2 standards for Heavy Duty Vehicles,...

European Parliament pushes for greener aviation fuels

On July 7, the European Parliament plenary held a debate and vote on the ReFuelEU Aviation report. Parliament adopted its position on new draft EU rules...

Mobility Package I: questions on implementation and enforcement

The European Commission commented on the questions coming from the European Parliament regarding preliminary observations on the implementation of the Mobility Package I. One of the...

Study: the future of transport in the context of the Recovery Plan

The report requested by the European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism provides an overview of the EU's 29 transport sector priorities and the National Recovery...

Corporate sustainability due diligence and value chains versus supply chains

In its answer to the European Parliament, the European Commission explains the concept of the ‘value chain’ as used in the proposal on Corporate Sustainability Due...

Flexibility and quality of air cargo services will attract shippers

The International Air Cargo Association announced that the first edition of the Regional event series was a success. On the 28th of June, during the panel...

Flexiwaggon: cost reductions for the value chain

By taking freight transport from the highway to the railway, the Swedish company Flexiwaggon enables significant cost reductions across the value chain while improving sustainability in...

Discussing shippers’ needs and expectations at TIACA symposium on 28 June

Global supply chains have come under more sustained pressure in the past two years than any time in the last 70 years.  Borders closed borders open,...

What stakehoders think: the need for technology openness to achieve CO2 emissions reduction from vehicles

Various Stakeholders addressed Members of the European Parliament and Member States’ representatives with an open letter stressing the need for technology openness to achieve CO2 emissions...

Moving towards Fit for 55: IRU position

The European Shippers’ Council supports decarbonisation of transport sector and the greening transition. However, it is vital to choose correct tools and realistic directions on the...

MEPs back objective of zero emissions for cars and vans in 2035

In a plenary vote on the 8th of June, MEPs adopted their position on proposed rules to revise the CO2 emissions performance standards for new cars...

MEPs want stricter rules for Member States’ greenhouse gas emissions

On the 8th of June 2022, the European Parliament adopted its position on the effort sharing regulation which sets binding annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions...

Votes in the European Parliament

Last week, the European Parliament voted on several proposals in the framework of Fit for 55. Some proposals (amongst them the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism) were...

Council adopts its position on three texts relating to the transport sector

On the 2nd of June 2022, European transport ministers adopted a common position (‘general approach’) on each of the three legislative proposals of the Fit for...

European Environment Agency: analysis on road transport gas emissions

Growing transport volumes have been driving Europe's road transport emissions up in the past two decades. A European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis, published on the 1st...

RAIL: Multimodal Freight Conference, 22 June, Le Havre

As customers all over the world are demanding environmentally sound freight transport solutions, many European ports are investing heavily into improving their rail infrastructure for the...

Transport Council conclusions: TEN-T and driver attestations for third country drivers

On the 2nd of June 2022, Ministers in the TTE Council (Transport) exchanged views on the draft Regulation proposed by the European Commission on the further...

Austria’s policy restricting lorry traffic through Tyrol

Austria’s policy to restrict lorry traffic through Tyrol is increasingly hampering transport services in the region and affecting supply chains across the EU. Following on from...

WEBINAR – How to calculate Greenhouse Gas Reduction from sustainable transport innovation

Transport accounts for approximately 21% of global GHG emissions according to the International Energy Agency. To enable market uptake of innovation, evidence-based impact assessment of the...

Commission’s Contingency Plan for Transport

A Contingency Plan for Transport, adopted by the European Commission on the 23rd of May aims to strengthen the resilience of the European transport sector in...

Suspended import duties on Ukraine products

At the Press Conference at the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade), Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis informed about the suspension of import duties on all Ukrainian exports for one...

WTO reform and preparations for the 12th WTO ministerial conference

Ministers discussed preparations for the 12th World Trade Organization ministerial conference (CM12), which will take place in Geneva from 12 to 15 June 2022 against the...

EU Legislative Tracker

The remaining priority files as identified by the European Commission in its Work Programme are available here. The document was updated on the 10th of June....

Supply chain ethics

« We do explain the causes of the misfunctioning of supply chain, such as the disruption by Brexit, the worldwide mismatch between demand and capacity due to...

Workshops: Countries and regions initiatives supporting zero emission road freight and logistics

ALICE and EMEurope, with the support of the POLIS Network and ENTRANCE project, are jointly organising a series of online workshops on “countries and regions initiatives...

Commission’s Contingency Plan for Transport

On Monday the 23rd of May, the European Commission adopted a Contingency Plan for Transport, which aims to strengthen the resilience of the European transport sector...

EIT Urban Mobility´s – Second Info Session: ChallengeMyCity | Madrid

Take part in the second Info Session for the Challenge My City Call for Proposals! On 26 May, from 15:00 to 16:00 CET, EIT Urban Mobility...

Electronic exchanges in transport and logistics

Current state of digital maturity in the transport and logistics will be discussed at the "Digitization beyond 2022" event on the 8th of June 2022. The...

Second ENTRANCE live webinar

Are you a Small and Medium Enterprise-Startup or spinout company and looking for funding for your innovation? The ENTRANCE project is designed to mobilise financial resources and boost sustainable...

Guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network

The European Commission is asking for feedback on guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network. EU policy on transport infrastructure aims to facilitate transport...

Increasing power of Chinese logistics and a need to maintain fair competition

ESC President Roman Stiftner commented on the increasing market power of Chinese logistics companies. In his interview to the BVL magazine he stated that the developments...

Conference “Fit for 55: the Road Ahead”, 1 June 2022

Brussels, 1 June 2022, International Road Transport Union and the European Commission are organising "Fit for 55: the Road Ahead" conference which will be held physically...

Emissions reduction, EU Emissions Trading system, and road transport

CO2 emission standards for cars and vans On April 20, the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) adopted its opinion on the Amending...

EMSA report on COVID-19 Impact on Shipping

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) report provides figures on the impact of COVID-19 on shipping traffic; it is based on solid vessel movements statistics showing...

Metals for Clean Energy

Last week, at Metals for Clean Energy: Solving Europe's raw materials challenge event, experts debated how to bridge Europe’s metals supply gap, securely and sustainably. A...

European Commission answers European Parliament on extremely high container prices and impact on consumer prices

The recently published Eurostat figures mark a record high 5.1% inflation in the Eurozone in January 2022. In the Netherlands, inflation has even climbed to 6.4%...

The ESC supports the EC proposal for alternative fuel infrastructures and welcomes the EP´s draft report

European Shippers’ Council applauds the determined actions taken by the European Parliament and the European Commission to establish a proper and pan-European network of sufficient charging...

ENTRANCE & EIT Urban Mobility call: Intelligent Transport Systems for sustainable city logistics

European project ENTRANCE and EIT Urban Mobility are calling on all solution providers ready to deliver Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for sustainable city logistics for European...

Webinar “Maritime Supply Chain Challenges in Disrupted Times”, 26 April 2022

Shippers are cordially invited to participate in "Maritime Supply Chain Challenges in Disrupted Times" webinar that will take place on the 26th of April 2022,  11.00-12.15...

Maritime market: Commission doesn’t consider behaviour of alliances anti-competitive; ESC wants the EC to do its job

24th March 2022, in its response to Member of the European Parliament Vera Tax regarding the situation in the maritime sector – competition, the selective picking...

Shifting cargo to rail, new shift2030 initiative

Last week, 28 March 2022, shift2030 – an enterprise that promotes the modal shift - launched the Time2Shift action to provide practical information to shippers and...

PLANET’s liaison with other EU-funded initiatives and projects

In the project PLANET - Progress towards Federated Logistics Through The Integration Of TEN-T into A Global Trade Network - ESC is leading a task on...

European Innovation Procurement Awards

The European Innovation Council has launched the second edition of the European Innovation Procurement Awards to promote and implement innovation procurement across Europe. “Innovation procurement boosts...

New guidance to support logistics industry towards zero emissions

As an associate partner of the Global Logistics Emissions Council, ESC welcomes a new initiative of the Smart Freight Centre and WBCSD co-developed with 30+ global...

Public consultation: extension of EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation

The European Commission has decided to propose a revision of the European Digital Certificate Regulation and to extend the use the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC)...

Commission state aid due to war situation in Ukraine

The current war situation in Ukraine, the sanctions imposed by the EU and international partners against Russia and Belarus, and the counter measures taken by Russia...

Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and UK

24 March 2022, European Commission published Annual Report on the implementation and application of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the United...

ESPORG Award Ceremony 2022

ESPORG, the European Secure Parking Organisation, in partnership with its public and private stakeholders from the road transport and supplier industries, established a dedicated Excellence in...

 

CLECAT, EEA & ESC – EU-UK transport of goods needs to be assured

CLECAT, EEA & ESC, representing European shippers, freight forwarders and express carriers, call on France to continue applying the COVID-19 measures in support of air cargo, shipping and road freight […]...

Project Sunrays: COVID-19 vaccines transport

The Covid-19 pandemic showed how important air cargo is. With the distribution of vaccines, air cargo will continue playing its vital role. Project Sunrays was initiated by TIACA and Pharma.Aero […]...

Transport Ministers focus on social issues in aviation

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal are joining forces in an attempt to move the European Commission and their fellow-Member States towards an ambitious COVID-19 aviation […]...

Taking of daily rest periods by light vehicle drivers in France

The Commission is currently examining whether the new legal provisions introduced by France are compatible with the EU law: the ban on daily rest periods in light vehicles (up to […]...

Shortage of container ships in service is unsustainable

The largest problem facing the container shipping today is the lack of empty containers. This is what is causing very high spot rates. ESC addressed the European Commission with this […]...

Council agrees its stance on road charging reform

The EU is revising its road charging rules (Eurovignette directive) to address greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts, congestion, and road infrastructure financing. On the 18th of December, the […]...

EU guidelines on trials of Marine Autonomous Surface Ships

On the occasion of the 2nd International Ship Autonomy and Sustainability Summit, the European Commission together with EU Member States, Norway and with valuable industry input published the comprehensive EU […]...

Package of declarations and recommendations adopted to help small businesses trade globally

The Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) officially adopted at its meeting on 11 December a package of six recommendations and declarations aimed at addressing challenges […]...

Bilateral reduction of customs duties for the EU and USA

On August 21, 2020, the European Union and the United States reached an agreement on a bilateral reduction of customs duties that facilitates market access for European exporters and lowers […]...

Let’s cross Brexit together

“Let’s cross Brexit together” webinar was organised by the Direction Générale des Douanes et Droits Indirects and took place on the 3rd of December. The participants examined the current and […]...

ICONET project: validating Physical Internet concepts in the Port of Antwerp

The strategic goal of the ICONET project is to establish a “cloud-based Physical Internet (PI) framework and platform”. This platforms builds upon leading-edge technologies in a pathway that integrates PI-driven […]...

E-commerce and customs declarations

Are you doing business in the e-commerce branch and are you importing goods from outside the European Union – including the United Kingdom? Then you’re facing many changes. To help […]...

French shippers are raising alarm over the disruption of the maritime market

Since the end of 2019, French shippers have gone through several crisis situations in maritime transport. At the national level there were port and rail strikes in December 2019 and […]...

ESC and CLECAT urge carriers to switch to a ‘new normal’

ESC and CLECAT urge carriers to review their operational and business practices, to ensure a regular flow of cargo and containers, and to respect schedule reliability and service quality in […]...

Get ready for Brexit: important information for UK transport

No customs document? No digital pre-registration at the ferry terminal? Then no crossing! Due to Brexit there will be customs formalities in freight traffic with the United Kingdom, effective from […]...

TIACA Digital Air Cargo Forum

TIACA is organising its Digital Air Cargo Forum 2020 on 1-10 December 2020. Every day of the event will be devoted to a specific topic. The topic will be discussed during a […]...

ESC calls European authorities to look into the actions of vessel operators

European authorities should be concerned about the shipping lines not returning benefits to the market users, as stipulated by the Consortia Blok Exemption Regulation (CBER). Main characteristics of what is […]...

Glyn Hughes to Take the Reins of TIACA as Its First Director General

Miami, 11 November 2020, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) announced that Glyn Hughes will take the newly created role of Director General. He will manage the team, work with […]...

50 Days before Brexit: customs formalities

European Shippers’ Council held its seminar “50 Days before Brexit” on the 12th of November. The speakers presented what customs formalities will be introduced in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and […]...

Mitigating Risks of Marine Fuel Uncertainty

On 10th of November, European Shippers’ Council together with Ecumene Ventures organised a webinar called Mitigating Risks of Marine Fuel Uncertainty and New Emissions Regulations. The webinar provided a clear […]...

Lkw Maut (toll) in Germany: violation of European law

On 28th of October, 2020, the European Court of Justice ruled that the level of German Lkw-Maut is in violation of European law. According to the EU directive, only infrastructure […]...

ESC at Smart Ports event

ESC chaired panel session New Boost in Shipping: Shippers & Carriers into a Standard Mode of Understanding at the Smart Ports Conference with the participation of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, […]...

TIACA’s survey on sustainability

The entire air cargo industry: shippers, forwarders, airlines, airports, ground handlers, manufacturers, and IT solution providers are invited to respond to a sustainability survey organised by the International Air Cargo […]...

Implementation of rail noise ban in Germany: no sanctions during 2020-2021

ESC was calling the European and national authorities for a delay in the implementation of the national legislation in Germany on rail noise reduction. The national legislation was prepared following […]...

Government inaction will lead to a wave of bankruptcies in the road transport sector

ESC is supporting IRU in its call for action to governments worldwide. The transport sector will collapse without targeted action as government financial packages are failing road transport. Road transport […]...

ERM report: COVID-19 crisis led to doubling of EU restructuring job loss

The COVID-19 crisis has led to a doubling of restructuring job loss in the first half of 2020 compared to the rolling average. The labour market impacts have been highly […]...

IMO: crew changes and travel

An important reference set of protocols to ensure safe ship crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic has been recognised by IMO’s technical body, the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC). […]...

Mitigating Risks of Marine Fuel Uncertainty and New Emissions Regulations

10 November, 2020, ESC , together with Ecumene Ventures, are organising a webinar about new marine fuel emissions regulations and shipper-carrier fuel pricing mechanisms. Shippers need to be prepared to […]...

Shippers concerned about high rates and disruptions

Shippers are concerned about the rates increase, lack of service, and supply chain disruptions in maritime. This year the lines have been merging services, with blank sailings as a consequence. […]...

50 days before Brexit, 12 November

Brexit day is coming closer but practical questions in the different modes of transport still remain. To mention just one: will the availability of permits for hauliers be sufficient? Border […]...

World Ports Conference 2020

Cargo owners are usually among the first victims in a crisis. COVID-19 has taken that to another level, with shipments being delayed, blanked, subjected to demurrage, stranded, lost, dropped by […]...

Smart Ports: Piers of the Future, 17-18 November

ESC is supporting Smart Ports: Piers of the Future event which is organised as part of the Smart City Expo World Congress Event and will take place on the 17-18 […]...

Commission Communication on Covid-19 response measures and transport Green Lanes

28 October, 2020, the European Commission published Communication on additional COVID-19 response measures and a Communication upgrading the transport Green Lanes, both meant to coordinate Member States’ reaction to the […]...

EU Environmental Council on freight traffic

During the EU Environment Council on 23 October, 2020, the Ministers of Environment of the EU Member States asked the European Commission to introduce measures to maintain freight transport levels […]...

Financing energy transition towards zero emissions in inland navigation

The Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine published initial qualitative results of the in-depth study on the “Financing of energy transition towards a zero-emission European inland Navigation sector”. […]...

Phasing in greener engines slowed down by pandemic

Inland navigation currently has only one regulative framework regarding emission standards on vessels. This is the Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) Regulation 2016/1628, also known as the regulative framework for the […]...

Rail

From December: charges for delay minutes caused in Germany In December this year DB Netze will launch a scheme in which railway undertakings and the infrastructure manager are charged for […]...

Adequate minimum wages in the EU

The European Commission released a proposal for a directive on adequate minimum wages in the EU. BusinessEurope reacted to the publication of the proposal calling it “a recipe for disaster”. […]...

Withdrawal Agreement: European Commission sends letter of formal notice to the UK for breach of its obligations

1 October 2020, the European Commission sent the United Kingdom a letter of formal notice for breaching its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement. This marks the beginning of a formal […]...

400,000 seafarers stuck at sea

24 September 2020, during a high-level event on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly Captain Hedi Marzougui appealed to Governments to act to allow seafarers to come home. […]...

New Customs Union Action Plan

28 September 2020, the European Commission launched a new Customs Union Action Plan setting out a series of measures to make EU customs smarter, more innovative, and more efficient over […]...

The Council approves granting €87.4 billion to support 16 Member States under SURE

The European Commission welcomes the Council’s approval to grant €87.4 billion of financial support to 16 Member States under the SURE instrument to help protect jobs and people in work. […]...

Allocation key for Next Generation EU instrument

In its answer to the European Parliament, the European Commission explains the grouping of the Member States in the modelling exercise for the Next Generation EU financial instrument. They also […]...

European Commission: adopting standards for inland waterways vessels

The European Commission issued the Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union on the technical standards for inland waterways vessels. […]...

ICONET project: improving performance of the supply chain

ICONET is a 30-month EU-funded project focusing on the implementation of the Physical Internet. The Smart PI Container is the cornerstone of the project. It is the brick that allows […]...

Shippers call for crew changes

European shippers together with the Global Shippers’ Alliance appeal to eliminate obstacles to crew changes. Letters have been sent to the International Maritime Organization and the European Commission. Seafarers have […]...

WTO issues report on measures to expedite access to COVID-19 critical goods, services

The WTO Secretariat has published a new information note on how WTO members have used trade measures to expedite access to critical medical goods and services as part of their […]...

2020 WCO Annual Report

The WCO Annual Report 2020 outlines the main activities carried out during the 2019-2020 financial year, the main developments within the WCO and its regional structures, and the future challenges […]...

Posting in the Netherlands

The Working Conditions Posted Workers Act in the European Union (WagwEU in Dutch) has been in force since 1 June 2016. The Act governs the employment conditions to which employees […]...

Mobility Package: dispute before the EU Court of Justice, hotel for foreign truck drivers, and consequences for shippers

Lithuania disputes the MOBILITY PACKAGE before the EU Court of Justice Some Member States do not approve of the new measures of the EU like the regular obligatory return of […]...

Adoption of Mobility Package I. Consequences for shippers

8th of July 2020, the European Parliament voted on the Mobility Package I in the second reading. This means that the text will be published in August and will enter […]...

European Commission on the final adoption of the Mobility Package I by the European Parliament

9th July 2020, the European Commission welcomes the social improvements of the Mobility Package I voted by the European Parliament. However, they regret that the new set of rules includes […]...

European Council on 17-18 July 2020

EU leaders will meet physically in Brussels to discuss the recovery plan to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and a new long-term EU budget. On 19 June, they exchanged views, […]...

German Presidency – “Emerging stronger from the crisis together”

Germany’s presidency of the Council of the EU covers the period from the 1st of July till the 31st of December 2020. The priorities of Germany’s presidency are driven by […]...

DG TRADE on the tools for economic recovery

DG TRADE presents findings from its in-house analysis regarding the post COVID-19 era. It stresses the importance of trade and highlights that protectionist measures are very harmful for economic recovery […]...

Longer trains tested in the Netherlands

Rail carrier LTE has tested 740-meter freight trains. The company will continue operating these trains next year. Main advantages of using longer trains include a boost in productivity, reduction of […]...

European Commission’s annual activity reports

The European Commission has published its Annual activity reports 2019. Every department and executive agency of the European Commission publishes an annual activity report. It details achievements, initiatives taken and […]...

Free trade agreement with Vietnam to enter into force on 1 August 2020

The EU has negotiated a comprehensive free trade agreement with Vietnam. This leads to a reduction of 99% of all customs duties and further trade facilitation. The European Parliament already […]...

EC Temporary Framework to support micro and small enterprises

12 June 2020, the European Commission proposed to further extend the scope of the Temporary Framework by enabling Member States (i) to support certain micro and small enterprises, including start-ups […]...

Motorways of the Sea: detailed implementation plan is ready

Detailed Implementation Plan for Motorways of the Sea sets the priorities for the creation of a sustainable, smart and seamless European Maritime Space. This plan is the result of a […]...

Norway ratifies e-CMR protocol

In June, Norway ratified the e-CMR protocol. In place since 2011, e-CMR, the electronic protocol of the standard consignment note under the United Nations Convention for the carriage of goods, […]...

European Commission is undertaking major EU trade policy review

The European Commission’s major review of the European Union’s trade policy will include a public consultation seeking input from the European Parliament, Member States, stakeholders, and civil society. The Commission’s […]...

CLECAT joins Drewry-ESC transparent tool for bunker charges

Brussels, London, 30 June 2020 – European forwarders’ association joins industry initiative on a fair, neutral bunker adjustment factor indexing mechanism for shippers, forwarders and shipping lines. The mechanism was […]...

TIACA launches its 2nd Air Cargo Sustainability Award

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) announced that the second edition of the Air Cargo Sustainability Award is now open for applications. The competition aims to recognize outstanding businesses and […]...

EC guidelines: restoration of transport services and connectivity

The European Commission published Guidelines on the Progressive Restoration of Transport Services and Connectivity – COVID-19 2020/C 169/02. Given the global nature of the COVID-19 outbreak and the international nature […]...

Influence of COVID-19 on ports compared to 2008 financial crisis

The normal flow patterns in maritime sector are severely disrupted due to COVID-19. Global container shipping has a decrease of 8-10 % in the volumes transported. While exports to Asia […]...

Galileo Green Lanes application

The Galileo Green Lanes App is now open for use by all interested parties, companies, and drivers in the EU and neighbouring countries. The application was created as part of […]...

ESC and evofenedex focus on Turkey’s trade barriers

Due to COVID-19, Turkey has increased the import duties on products originating from third countries. Besides, European exporters will be asked to provide a declaration of origin, even though these […]...

Container transport: Drewry-ESC satisfaction survey

Availability of cargo space is number one customer requirement, according to the fourth annual shipper satisfaction survey of Drewry and ESC. Container shipping lines’ ability to provide cargo space as needed […]...

COVID-19: WTO reports growing number of export restrictions

Eighty countries and customs territories so far have introduced export prohibitions or restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic according to a new report by the WTO Secretariat. The […]...

COVID-19: Galileo Green Lane, easing pressure at the EU’s internal borders

The European GNSS Agency is working together with the European Commission on an application to facilitate the movement of goods and freight within the EU in support of the COVID-19 […]...

COVID-19: more news

ESC is following closely the developments related to COVID-19. For the measures per country and links to different organisations taking steps to respond to the coronavirus challenges, please see here.  […]...

Post-COVID-19: ESC, CLECAT, and EEA on Green Lanes and Air Cargo guidelines

Brussels, 27 April 2020, European Shippers’ Council, CLECAT, and the European Express Association welcome last week’s Joint European Commission and European Council Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures. The successful […]...

Interim appeal arrangement for WTO disputes

30 April 2020, the EU and other WTO members have formally notified the ‘Multi-party interim appeal arbitration arrangement’ (MPIA) to the World Trade Organization (WTO). This notification marks the start […]...

Decarbonization matters. Launch of Smart Freight Procurement Questionnaire

13 May 2020, Smart Freight Centre launches its Smart Freight Procurement (SFP) Questionnaire. Shippers and logistics service providers are welcome to join the online webinar sessions that will provide guidance […]...

New Council positions on Mobility Package files and e-freight transport information

On 7 April 2020, Council adopted its position on the 3 “Mobility Package I”-files (Posting of drivers, Driving times and rest periods/tachographs, and Access to the Market) and on the […]...

COVID-19: state aid for railway sector

There are possibilities to support the railway sector with state aid. EU regulation allows this under the current exceptional circumstances. Railway lobby organisations have been shouting from the roof to […]...

COVID-19: shippers and forwarders question air cargo handling surcharges

European shippers are challenging new cargo handling surcharges being imposed by air freight handlers. Together with freight forwarders they call on air freight handlers to justify new fees and question […]...

Update: ESC COVID-19 measures

Please see updated information on COVID-19 measures implemented by EU Member States and other links related to COVID-19 response....

COVID-19: deadline extension for autonomous tariff suspension requests

Following the decision of the European Commission, the French Directorate General of Customs and Indirect Rights (DGDDI) published a Notice to importers of certain agricultural and industrial products eligible for […]...

#EUvsVirus Pan-European Hackaton: 24, 25, 26 April 2020

The European Commission, in close collaboration with EU Member States, will host a pan-European hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners, and buyers across Europe to develop innovative solutions to […]...

COVID-19: EU state and temporary framework

On 19 March 2020,1 the European Commission adopted a State Aid Temporary Framework to enable EU Member States to use the full flexibility foreseen under EU State aid rules to […]...

COVID-19: WTO and WCO pledge joint efforts to facilitate trade in essential goods

6 April 2020, the heads of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Customs Organization (WCO) issued a joint statement pledging to work together to facilitate trade in essential goods […]...

Mobility package: Council adopts truck drivers reform

7 April 2020, the Council adopted a major reform of the EU road transport sector, known as the Mobility Package. The new rules will improve drivers’ working conditions, introduce special […]...

Additional customs duties on imports from the USA

The European Union shall apply additional customs duties as specified in Regulation (EU) 2020/502 of 6 April 2020 on certain commercial policy measures concerning certain products originating in the United […]...

Regular update on measures related to COVID-19

ESC prepares a regular update on the measured introduced by the EU Member States related to COVID-19. For the recent information, please see here....

Supply chain stakeholders alert President Von der Leyen about their disapproval of the CBER decision

The supply chain stakeholders alert the President of the European Commission, Ms Ursula Von der Leyen, that they disapprove of the prolongation of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation for another […]...

COVID-19: loading and unloading sites. ESC and CLECAT joint recommendations

ESC and CLECAT reach out to drivers, road hauliers, logistics service providers, consignors, and consignees to work together to diminish the impact of COVID-19 at loading and unloading sites, follow […]...

Overview of open service points for truck drivers

Transportation of goods across and between countries is essential. However, truck drivers are facing more and more issues, caused by the presence of COVID-19 restrictions. Due to the lack of […]...

Update on the waiting times at the border

Corona has led to many new rules within the European Union. These rules are not only on the national level, but they are also focused on the border areas. The […]...

Coronavirus: ESC calls for additional freight flights after US entry ban

President Trump of the United States (USA) announced last night that, from Friday noon until end of April, an entry ban applies to residents of the European Union (EU). United […]...

European Commission proposes 2021 as the European Year of Rail

European Commission proposes 2021 as the European Year of Rail!...

CORONAVIRUS: container line shipping heavily hit

CORONAVIRUS: container line shipping heavily hit Ships that do sail between Asia and Europe are less loaded...

Fourth Drewry-ESC annual survey of shippers on container shipping service quality

The European Shippers’ Council, which represents the logistics interests of manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers across Europe, and Drewry, the leading international shipping consultant, invite you to complete this short survey […]...

Coronavirus impacts shippers

The whole world is following the news on coronavirus and hoping for the quickest development of proper preventive measures and for the cure for the infected people. It proves how […]...

Commissioner Hogan on WTO reform, Green Deal, and EU, US, China relations

EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan set out his vision for trade policy under the Von Der Leyen Commission at the Centre for European Reform’s third annual Conference on “Europe and […]...

Shippers together with other stakeholders call for a bold and realistic European Green Deal

The European associations representing logistics service providers, seaport and inland port authorities, shippers, inland waterways, combined transport operators, rail freight operators, port operators and terminal operators, marine equipment manufacturers and […]...

Objection to include CBER prolongation in Commission’s programme

Shippers, freight forwarders and port service providers strongly object to the inclusion of the prolongation of the CBER in the Commission’s Work Programme Brussels, 10th of February 2020, associations representing […]...

Postponed to 11th of June 2020

The conference ‘The EU, US, and China in the Age of Disruption: Impacts and Solutions’ will take place in Brussels on the 11th of June 2020. The event focuses on […]...

Stakeholders in the Maritime Logistic Supply urge the Commission to proceed to a proper objective evaluation of the Consortia BER.

JOINT PRESS RELEASE Stakeholders in the Maritime Logistics Supply Chain urge EC to proceed to a proper objective evaluation of the Consortia BER.   Brussels, Belgium, 17 January 2020   Stakeholders […]...

3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety

Stockholm, 19-20 February 2020,  ESC will take part in the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety hosted by Sweden. The theme of the conference is Achieving Global Goals 2030. […]...

Transport as a priority of the Croatian Presidency

A European transport area, high-quality and secure data infrastructure, and an integrated energy market are keys to make the European Union more connected. A Europe that connects is one of […]...

Mobility Package 1 on the way to adoption

On the 20th of December 2019, the Council’s Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER 2) approved a set of proposals – known as the Mobility Package – on drivers’ working conditions, […]...

Trade: tariffs suspension and REX

Autonomous common customs tariff duties on certain agricultural and industrial products are suspended as from the 1st of January 2020 following the publication in the Official Journal of the EU […]...

Can platooning keep its promises?

November 29, 2022: Can platooning keep its promises?
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European project ENSEMBLE has developed a communication protocol approved by all major European truck manufacturers for platooning multi-brand road convoys. Combining tests on simulators, demonstrations

Need for a long-term strategy regarding the problem of drought and inland shipping

November 29, 2022: Need for a long-term strategy regarding the problem of drought and inland shipping
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European Commission answered the European Parliament regarding the major bottlenecks in inland navigation caused by droughts and the solutions that the EC envisages. As the European Parliament stated,

Inland waterways: investments and innovation will make this transport reliable, flexible, and agile

November 28, 2022: Inland waterways: investments and innovation will make this transport reliable, flexible, and agile
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

At the event “Role of Inland Waterways Transport in the Framework of EU’s Mobility and Supply Policy” organised by the European Barge Union on 17 November 2022, ESC Secretary General Godfried

Logistics for Europe: let’s move towards resilient and competitive supply chains

November 25, 2022: Logistics for Europe: let’s move towards resilient and competitive supply chains
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

23rd November 2022, the 2022 Logistics for Europe event brought together shippers, freight forwarders, logistics sector professionals, and European law makers. They engaged in a constructive discussion

Funding opportunities, November-December 2022

November 17, 2022: Funding opportunities, November-December 2022
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

ESC has outlined the relevant funding opportunities in the area of logistics and transport. The EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation is Horizon Europe. The programme supports the

Free online workshop: Italian/Piedmontian initiatives supporting road zero emission freight and logistics

October 18, 2022: Free online workshop: Italian/Piedmontian initiatives supporting road zero emission freight and logistics
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Date and Time: 19 October 2022, 10:00 – 12:10 h (CET) (via Zoom) This workshop belongs to the series of online workshops on “countries and regions initiatives supporting zero emission

The end-to-end supply chain

October 17, 2022: The end-to-end supply chain
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

In his article for Port Technology International, ESC Secretary General Godfried Smit explains the end-to-end supply chain and its recent changes and challenges. Due to Covid and the war in

Overcoming the European truck drivers’ shortage

October 17, 2022: Overcoming the European truck drivers’ shortage
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

During the Roundtable “Overcoming the European truck drivers’ shortage” at the European SDG (sustainability development goals) Summit 2022 last week, ESC Secretary General Godfried Smit  stressed the seriousness

Experts are calling the European Commission for a dialogue on taxation and customs issues

October 17, 2022: Experts are calling the European Commission for a dialogue on taxation and customs issues
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

ESC is a member of the Trade Contact Group (TCG) of the European Commission’s Directorate-General Taxation and Customs Union. The TCG provides a platform for regular consultations at Union level

Charter on improving the treatment of drivers

October 12, 2022: Charter on improving the treatment of drivers
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

On October 11, 2022, Jordi Espin Vallbona, ESC’s Strategic Relations Manager, took part in an event organised by the International Road Transport Union (IRU) at the European Parliament. He delivered

Global Shippers publish manifesto on minimal service levels in maritime container transport

October 11, 2022: Global Shippers publish manifesto on minimal service levels in maritime container transport
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The goal of this manifesto is to describe a minimal level of service and fair treatment that shippers can expect in maritime container transport. It works as a benchmark to

MARKET ANALYSIS ON INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR MEDIUM- AND HEAVY-DUTY ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLES FOR ROAD FREIGHT TRANSPORT!

October 10, 2022: MARKET ANALYSIS ON INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR MEDIUM- AND HEAVY-DUTY ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLES FOR ROAD FREIGHT TRANSPORT!
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

In the frame of the ENTRANCE project, a market analysis on innovative solutions for Medium- and Heavy-duty Zero-Emission Vehicles for Road Freight Transport has been developed and made available for

Driving Urban Transitions (DUT) 2022 CALL is OPEN for pre-proposal submission

October 10, 2022: Driving Urban Transitions (DUT) 2022 CALL is OPEN for pre-proposal submission
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The purpose of this Call is to support transnational research and/or innovation projects addressing urban challenges to help cities in their transition towards a more sustainable economy and functioning.

Review of the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation: stakeholders call the EC for a change in legislation

October 4, 2022: Review of the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation: stakeholders call the EC for a change in legislation
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

ESC together with other stakeholders are calling the European Commission for a change in the legislative framework in the maritime shipping sector. « As consumers or suppliers to the container

Workshop on Swedish initiatives supporting road zero emission freight and logistics

October 3, 2022: Workshop on Swedish initiatives supporting road zero emission freight and logistics
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Date and Time: 11 October 2022, 10:00 – 11:30 h (CET) (via Zoom) As part of the series of online workshops on “countries and regions initiatives supporting zero-emission road freight

SAVE THE DATE: Logistics for Europe, Brussels, 23 November 2022

September 29, 2022: SAVE THE DATE: Logistics for Europe, Brussels, 23 November 2022
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

ESC, CLECAT, and ELA are pleased to invite you to the Logistics for Europe event taking place on the 23rd of November 2022 (13:00-20:00) at the Residence Palace in Brussels

European Parliament: draft report on resilient supply chains in EU trade to address current shortages

September 29, 2022: European Parliament: draft report on resilient supply chains in EU trade to address current shortages
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament produced a draft report on resilient supply chains in EU trade to address current shortages. In its report the European Parliament

Supply and pricing of energy threaten Europe’s modal shift objectives

September 29, 2022: Supply and pricing of energy threaten Europe’s modal shift objectives
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The ongoing crisis in European energy markets triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine will have a significant impact on all sectors. Despite its energy-efficiency rail transportation is no exemption.

International Carriage of Dangerous Goods

September 29, 2022: International Carriage of Dangerous Goods
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

On 20 September 2022, the Council took a decision on the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union on the amendments to the Annexes to the Agreement

Commission moves to ban products made with forced labour on the EU market

September 29, 2022: Commission moves to ban products made with forced labour on the EU market
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The Commission proposed to prohibit products made with forced labour on the EU market. The proposal covers all products, namely those made in the EU for domestic consumption and exports,

Tracking the EU Commissioners’ commitments

September 29, 2022: Tracking the EU Commissioners’ commitments
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The policy departments of the European Parliament produced a compilation of briefings that track the commitments made by the Vice-Presidents and Commissioners to the European Parliament – in their written

Funding opportunities, October

September 29, 2022: Funding opportunities, October
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

ESC has outlined the relevant funding opportunities in the area of logistics and transport. The EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation is Horizon Europe. The programme supports the

Maritime industry unites to call for earmarking of ETS revenues

September 29, 2022: Maritime industry unites to call for earmarking of ETS revenues
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

European shippers, ports, shipowners, cruise sector, shipyards and equipment manufacturers, fuel suppliers, forwarders and port operators join forces and call on the Member States and the European Parliament

2022 State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen

September 15, 2022: 2022 State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

On September 14th, 2022, President von der Leyen delivered the annual State of the Union Address. In the course of her speech, President von der Leyen acknowledged the important role

Funding opportunities in research and innovation

September 6, 2022: Funding opportunities in research and innovation
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

ESC has outlined the relevant funding opportunities in the area of logistics and transport. The EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation is Horizon Europe. The programme supports the

CENELEC offers a new tool to manage electrical compatibility in railways

September 6, 2022: CENELEC offers a new tool to manage electrical compatibility in railways
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Ensuring the electrical compatibility between rolling stock and electric traction systems is crucial for organizing a railway network. The train operating companies must be able to know the electrification

Leaflets for drivers and operators on Posting of Drivers and Driving and Resting Time

September 6, 2022: Leaflets for drivers and operators on Posting of Drivers and Driving and Resting Time
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European Labour Authority (ELA or the Authority) prepared and published two information leaflets for drivers and operators in the road transport sector. In some cases, the legislation also contains

Implications of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine for the European Economy

September 6, 2022: Implications of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine for the European Economy
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The cost of the war, so far, can be estimated at around one-and-a-half point of lower real growth and about three additional points of headline inflation. The invasion came at

Commission amends TEN-T proposal in view of the impact brought by the war situation in Ukraine

September 6, 2022: Commission amends TEN-T proposal in view of the impact brought by the war situation in Ukraine
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The Commission proposes to amend its December 2021 proposal on the revision of the TEN-T Regulation. Russia’s war against Ukraine has redefined the geopolitical landscape, highlighting the EU’s vulnerability

Decarbonizing Road Freight Transport: Zero Emissions Vehicles availability roadmap

August 4, 2022: Decarbonizing Road Freight Transport: Zero Emissions Vehicles availability roadmap
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

WHY THIS WEBINAR Freight transport, logistics companies and shippers are developing and implementing their decarbonization roadmaps. Battery Electric and Fuel Cell Hydrogen Electric vehicles are key technologies

DCSA and the European Shippers’ Council agree to collaborate to drive adoption of DCSA standards

August 3, 2022: DCSA and the European Shippers’ Council agree to collaborate to drive adoption of DCSA standards
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

AMSTERDAM, BRUSSELS, 3 August, 2022 — Ongoing supply chain disruption has highlighted the urgency for closer collaboration between cargo owners and ocean carriers to improve cargo visibility and data communication.

Open letter to the European Commission on CO2 standards for heavy duty vehicles

July 28, 2022: Open letter to the European Commission on CO2 standards for heavy duty vehicles
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Time to recognise the role of renewable fuels to decarbonise road transport In the context of the upcoming legislation on CO2 standards for Heavy Duty Vehicles, ESC together with NGVA

European Parliament pushes for greener aviation fuels

July 12, 2022: European Parliament pushes for greener aviation fuels
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

On July 7, the European Parliament plenary held a debate and vote on the ReFuelEU Aviation report. Parliament adopted its position on new draft EU rules to increase the uptake

Mobility Package I: questions on implementation and enforcement

July 12, 2022: Mobility Package I: questions on implementation and enforcement
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European Commission commented on the questions coming from the European Parliament regarding preliminary observations on the implementation of the Mobility Package I. One of the questions also related

Study: the future of transport in the context of the Recovery Plan

July 12, 2022: Study: the future of transport in the context of the Recovery Plan
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The report requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism provides an overview of the EU’s 29 transport sector priorities and the National Recovery and Resilience

Corporate sustainability due diligence and value chains versus supply chains

July 12, 2022: Corporate sustainability due diligence and value chains versus supply chains
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

In its answer to the European Parliament, the European Commission explains the concept of the ‘value chain’ as used in the proposal on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence. The Commission was

Flexibility and quality of air cargo services will attract shippers

July 12, 2022: Flexibility and quality of air cargo services will attract shippers
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The International Air Cargo Association announced that the first edition of the Regional event series was a success. On the 28th of June, during the panel discussion, Denis Choumert, the

Flexiwaggon: cost reductions for the value chain

July 11, 2022: Flexiwaggon: cost reductions for the value chain
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

By taking freight transport from the highway to the railway, the Swedish company Flexiwaggon enables significant cost reductions across the value chain while improving sustainability in the transport industry.

Discussing shippers’ needs and expectations at TIACA symposium on 28 June

June 16, 2022: Discussing shippers’ needs and expectations at TIACA symposium on 28 June
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Global supply chains have come under more sustained pressure in the past two years than any time in the last 70 years.  Borders closed borders open, maritime and air capacity

What stakehoders think: the need for technology openness to achieve CO2 emissions reduction from vehicles

June 14, 2022: What stakehoders think: the need for technology openness to achieve CO2 emissions reduction from vehicles
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Various Stakeholders addressed Members of the European Parliament and Member States’ representatives with an open letter stressing the need for technology openness to achieve CO2 emissions reduction from

Moving towards Fit for 55: IRU position

June 14, 2022: Moving towards Fit for 55: IRU position
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European Shippers’ Council supports decarbonisation of transport sector and the greening transition. However, it is vital to choose correct tools and realistic directions on the way forward. ESC shares

MEPs back objective of zero emissions for cars and vans in 2035

June 14, 2022: MEPs back objective of zero emissions for cars and vans in 2035
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

In a plenary vote on the 8th of June, MEPs adopted their position on proposed rules to revise the CO2 emissions performance standards for new cars and vans, part of

MEPs want stricter rules for Member States’ greenhouse gas emissions

June 14, 2022: MEPs want stricter rules for Member States’ greenhouse gas emissions
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

On the 8th of June 2022, the European Parliament adopted its position on the effort sharing regulation which sets binding annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions for EU Member States

Votes in the European Parliament

June 14, 2022: Votes in the European Parliament
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Last week, the European Parliament voted on several proposals in the framework of Fit for 55. Some proposals (amongst them the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism) were not accepted and shall

Council adopts its position on three texts relating to the transport sector

June 14, 2022: Council adopts its position on three texts relating to the transport sector
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

On the 2nd of June 2022, European transport ministers adopted a common position (‘general approach’) on each of the three legislative proposals of the Fit for 55 package that relate

European Environment Agency: analysis on road transport gas emissions

June 14, 2022: European Environment Agency: analysis on road transport gas emissions
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Growing transport volumes have been driving Europe’s road transport emissions up in the past two decades. A European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis, published on the 1st of June 2022, shows

RAIL: Multimodal Freight Conference, 22 June, Le Havre

June 14, 2022: RAIL: Multimodal Freight Conference, 22 June, Le Havre
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

As customers all over the world are demanding environmentally sound freight transport solutions, many European ports are investing heavily into improving their rail infrastructure for the hinterland transport

Transport Council conclusions: TEN-T and driver attestations for third country drivers

June 14, 2022: Transport Council conclusions: TEN-T and driver attestations for third country drivers
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

On the 2nd of June 2022, Ministers in the TTE Council (Transport) exchanged views on the draft Regulation proposed by the European Commission on the further development of the trans-European

Austria’s policy restricting lorry traffic through Tyrol

June 14, 2022: Austria’s policy restricting lorry traffic through Tyrol
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Austria’s policy to restrict lorry traffic through Tyrol is increasingly hampering transport services in the region and affecting supply chains across the EU. Following on from block clearances and sectoral

WEBINAR – How to calculate Greenhouse Gas Reduction from sustainable transport innovation

June 14, 2022: WEBINAR – How to calculate Greenhouse Gas Reduction from sustainable transport innovation
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Transport accounts for approximately 21% of global GHG emissions according to the International Energy Agency. To enable market uptake of innovation, evidence-based impact assessment of the emission reductions

Commission’s Contingency Plan for Transport

June 13, 2022: Commission’s Contingency Plan for Transport
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

A Contingency Plan for Transport, adopted by the European Commission on the 23rd of May aims to strengthen the resilience of the European transport sector in times of crisis. The

Suspended import duties on Ukraine products

June 13, 2022: Suspended import duties on Ukraine products
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

At the Press Conference at the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade), Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis informed about the suspension of import duties on all Ukrainian exports for one year. The decision entered

WTO reform and preparations for the 12th WTO ministerial conference

June 13, 2022: WTO reform and preparations for the 12th WTO ministerial conference
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Ministers discussed preparations for the 12th World Trade Organization ministerial conference (CM12), which will take place in Geneva from 12 to 15 June 2022 against the backdrop of Russia’s aggression

EU Legislative Tracker

June 13, 2022: EU Legislative Tracker
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The remaining priority files as identified by the European Commission in its Work Programme are available here. The document was updated on the 10th of June. Source: Dods

Supply chain ethics

June 2, 2022: Supply chain ethics
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

« We do explain the causes of the misfunctioning of supply chain, such as the disruption by Brexit, the worldwide mismatch between demand and capacity due to the Corona pandemic, and

Workshops: Countries and regions initiatives supporting zero emission road freight and logistics

June 2, 2022: Workshops: Countries and regions initiatives supporting zero emission road freight and logistics
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

ALICE and EMEurope, with the support of the POLIS Network and ENTRANCE project, are jointly organising a series of online workshops on “countries and regions initiatives supporting zero emission road

Commission’s Contingency Plan for Transport

June 2, 2022: Commission’s Contingency Plan for Transport
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

On Monday the 23rd of May, the European Commission adopted a Contingency Plan for Transport, which aims to strengthen the resilience of the European transport sector in times of crisis.

EIT Urban Mobility´s – Second Info Session: ChallengeMyCity | Madrid

May 24, 2022: EIT Urban Mobility´s – Second Info Session: ChallengeMyCity | Madrid
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Take part in the second Info Session for the Challenge My City Call for Proposals! On 26 May, from 15:00 to 16:00 CET, EIT Urban Mobility will further explain the

Electronic exchanges in transport and logistics

May 19, 2022: Electronic exchanges in transport and logistics
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Current state of digital maturity in the transport and logistics will be discussed at the “Digitization beyond 2022” event on the 8th of June 2022. The participants will exchange knowledge

Second ENTRANCE live webinar

May 19, 2022: Second ENTRANCE live webinar
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Are you a Small and Medium Enterprise-Startup or spinout company and looking for funding for your innovation? The ENTRANCE project is designed to mobilise financial resources and boost sustainable innovations

Guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network

May 3, 2022: Guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European Commission is asking for feedback on guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network. EU policy on transport infrastructure aims to facilitate transport across Europe

Increasing power of Chinese logistics and a need to maintain fair competition

May 3, 2022: Increasing power of Chinese logistics and a need to maintain fair competition
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

ESC President Roman Stiftner commented on the increasing market power of Chinese logistics companies. In his interview to the BVL magazine he stated that the developments in China have been

Conference “Fit for 55: the Road Ahead”, 1 June 2022

May 3, 2022: Conference “Fit for 55: the Road Ahead”, 1 June 2022
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Brussels, 1 June 2022, International Road Transport Union and the European Commission are organising “Fit for 55: the Road Ahead” conference which will be held physically and online from 17:00

Emissions reduction, EU Emissions Trading system, and road transport

May 3, 2022: Emissions reduction, EU Emissions Trading system, and road transport
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

CO2 emission standards for cars and vans On April 20, the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) adopted its opinion on the Amending Regulation (EU) 2019/631 as

EMSA report on COVID-19 Impact on Shipping

May 3, 2022: EMSA report on COVID-19 Impact on Shipping
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) report provides figures on the impact of COVID-19 on shipping traffic; it is based on solid vessel movements statistics showing the port call trends

Metals for Clean Energy

May 3, 2022: Metals for Clean Energy
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Last week, at Metals for Clean Energy: Solving Europe’s raw materials challenge event, experts debated how to bridge Europe’s metals supply gap, securely and sustainably. A landmark study quantifying

European Commission answers European Parliament on extremely high container prices and impact on consumer prices

May 3, 2022: European Commission answers European Parliament on extremely high container prices and impact on consumer prices
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The recently published Eurostat figures mark a record high 5.1% inflation in the Eurozone in January 2022. In the Netherlands, inflation has even climbed to 6.4% – the highest level

The ESC supports the EC proposal for alternative fuel infrastructures and welcomes the EP´s draft report

April 26, 2022: The ESC supports the EC proposal for alternative fuel infrastructures and welcomes the EP´s draft report
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

European Shippers’ Council applauds the determined actions taken by the European Parliament and the European Commission to establish a proper and pan-European network of sufficient charging and fueling

ENTRANCE & EIT Urban Mobility call: Intelligent Transport Systems for sustainable city logistics

April 20, 2022: ENTRANCE & EIT Urban Mobility call: Intelligent Transport Systems for sustainable city logistics
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

European project ENTRANCE and EIT Urban Mobility are calling on all solution providers ready to deliver Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for sustainable city logistics for European cities.  The ENTRANCE

Webinar “Maritime Supply Chain Challenges in Disrupted Times”, 26 April 2022

April 19, 2022: Webinar “Maritime Supply Chain Challenges in Disrupted Times”, 26 April 2022
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Shippers are cordially invited to participate in “Maritime Supply Chain Challenges in Disrupted Times” webinar that will take place on the 26th of April 2022,  11.00-12.15 CET. The webinar

Maritime market: Commission doesn’t consider behaviour of alliances anti-competitive; ESC wants the EC to do its job

April 6, 2022: Maritime market: Commission doesn’t consider behaviour of alliances anti-competitive; ESC wants the EC to do its job
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

24th March 2022, in its response to Member of the European Parliament Vera Tax regarding the situation in the maritime sector – competition, the selective picking of cargo and routes,

Shifting cargo to rail, new shift2030 initiative

April 5, 2022: Shifting cargo to rail, new shift2030 initiative
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Last week, 28 March 2022, shift2030 – an enterprise that promotes the modal shift – launched the Time2Shift action to provide practical information to shippers and carriers about shifting their

PLANET’s liaison with other EU-funded initiatives and projects

April 5, 2022: PLANET’s liaison with other EU-funded initiatives and projects
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

In the project PLANET – Progress towards Federated Logistics Through The Integration Of TEN-T into A Global Trade Network – ESC is leading a task on Stakeholder Engagement, Advisory Board,

European Innovation Procurement Awards

April 5, 2022: European Innovation Procurement Awards
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European Innovation Council has launched the second edition of the European Innovation Procurement Awards to promote and implement innovation procurement across Europe. “Innovation procurement boosts

New guidance to support logistics industry towards zero emissions

April 4, 2022: New guidance to support logistics industry towards zero emissions
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

As an associate partner of the Global Logistics Emissions Council, ESC welcomes a new initiative of the Smart Freight Centre and WBCSD co-developed with 30+ global companies to advance the

Public consultation: extension of EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation

April 4, 2022: Public consultation: extension of EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European Commission has decided to propose a revision of the European Digital Certificate Regulation and to extend the use the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) until June 30, 2023.

Commission state aid due to war situation in Ukraine

April 4, 2022: Commission state aid due to war situation in Ukraine
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The current war situation in Ukraine, the sanctions imposed by the EU and international partners against Russia and Belarus, and the counter measures taken by Russia will have economic repercussions

Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and UK

April 4, 2022: Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and UK
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

24 March 2022, European Commission published Annual Report on the implementation and application of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom of Great Britain

ESPORG Award Ceremony 2022

April 4, 2022: ESPORG Award Ceremony 2022
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

ESPORG, the European Secure Parking Organisation, in partnership with its public and private stakeholders from the road transport and supplier industries, established a dedicated Excellence in Truck Parking

ALICE position on Fit for 55

April 4, 2022: ALICE position on Fit for 55
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

ESC, as a member of the European Technology Platform ALICE, contributes to the ALICE activities in research, innovation, and market deployment of logistics and supply chain management innovation in Europe.

PLANET’s living labs to analyse global trade, infrastructure issues, and TEN-T

March 7, 2022: PLANET’s living labs to analyse global trade, infrastructure issues, and TEN-T
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The EU project PLANET has published a short video summarising the background, the key objectives, and an overview of the three Living Labs contributing to analysing global trade flows, infrastructure

Innovations in logistics – report December 2021

March 4, 2022: Innovations in logistics – report December 2021
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

This paper is the result of a research conducted by three MSc students of the University of Groningen under the supervision of the program managers of TKI and professors from

Call for Innovation for the Business Plan 2023-2025 – Apply until 28 April 2022!

March 4, 2022: Call for Innovation for the Business Plan 2023-2025 – Apply until 28 April 2022!
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

EIT Urban Mobility, which is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), launches a call for Innovation for the Business Plan 2023-2025 co-funded by the European

Consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for trade and logistics

February 28, 2022: Consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for trade and logistics
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine has far-reaching consequences for logistics and trade with Ukraine and the surrounding region. ESC is first and foremost seriously concerned about the consequences

ESC contributes to EC consultation on weights and dimensions

February 28, 2022: ESC contributes to EC consultation on weights and dimensions
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

ESC sees innovation as an indispensable tool in emissions reduction. Longer and heavier vehicles can be seen as an innovative measure that can be applied directly. Even in densely populated

EU adopts new road charging rules for greening road transport

February 28, 2022: EU adopts new road charging rules for greening road transport
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

17 February 2022, the EU adopted new rules on road charging. The new system will improve incentives for more efficient and sustainable road transport. It will phase out time-based vignettes

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

February 28, 2022: Inquiry in the container shipping sector is needed to remove unfair and discriminatory rules
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

ESC supports CLECAT in its call for an urgent inquiry in the container shipping. High freight costs accompanied by discrimination and extremely low quality of services coincide with high profits

Maritime disruption to be discussed at Container Shipping conference

February 28, 2022: Maritime disruption to be discussed at Container Shipping conference
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

European Shippers’ Council will present their crucial insights into current trends and effective container shipping techniques to global industry leaders at the Container Shipping Conference in May 2022. 

The role of maritime trade in the post-COVID recovery

February 28, 2022: The role of maritime trade in the post-COVID recovery
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Shipping has a vital role to play in post pandemic recovery for the EU but must not be ignored in reforms to the bloc’s trade policy, said speakers at the

A regular chemical train on the New Silk Road

February 3, 2022: A regular chemical train on the New Silk Road
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

As soon as the Chinese New Year is over, a regular chemical train may be running on the New Silk Road. That is the plan of COSCO and VTG, which

Inland waterway transport needs investment

February 3, 2022: Inland waterway transport needs investment
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

In its opinion adopted at the January plenary, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) supports transport multimodality and smart shipping, pointing out that inland waterway transport is essential

Commission consultations on the greening and digitalisation of the mobility, transport and automotive ecosystem

February 3, 2022: Commission consultations on the greening and digitalisation of the mobility, transport and automotive ecosystem
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

24th January, 2022, the Commission invites interested parties to reflect and contribute on the transition of the mobility ecosystem, covering automotive, waterborne and rail supply. The Commission is now

Mobility ecosystem: scenarios for a transition pathway

February 3, 2022: Mobility ecosystem: scenarios for a transition pathway
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European Commission published the Commission staff working document “For a resilient, innovative, sustainable and digital mobility ecosystem – scenarios for a transition pathway.”

Disruption of maritime supply chains

February 3, 2022: Disruption of maritime supply chains
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Due to disturbed supply and demand, shipping capacity was withdrawn until mid-2020 from various trade lines, which caused bottlenecks when demand grew rapidly again. What is more, a number of

Trade: economic coercion by third countries and sustainable corporate governance

February 3, 2022: Trade: economic coercion by third countries and sustainable corporate governance
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

On January 25, the European Parliament Committee on International Trade held a first exchange of views on the Commission’s proposal for a regulation on the protection of the Union and

Study on freight transport: relaunching transport and tourism in the EU after COVID-19

February 3, 2022: Study on freight transport: relaunching transport and tourism in the EU after COVID-19
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The thematic study “Relaunching transport and tourism in the EU after COVID-19: Freight transport” provides an overview of the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on EU freight transport,

The 6th Plenary Meeting of the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum

December 16, 2021: The 6th Plenary Meeting of the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

ESC, as a full member and active observer of the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum, participated in the DTLF’s 6th Plenary Meeting on the 8th of December 2021. Led by

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council: Fit for 55 package

December 16, 2021: Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council: Fit for 55 package
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The Fit for 55 package aims to help the EU reach its target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 and become

New trends in road freight transport

December 16, 2021: New trends in road freight transport
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

On the 9th of December 2021, the Transport Council met to discuss the file ‘New trends in road freight transport: The inflation of the number of driver attestations for third

The role of the EU budget in the Fit for 55 package

December 16, 2021: The role of the EU budget in the Fit for 55 package
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

On the 9th of December 2021, the Committee on Budgets held an exchange of views with Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans on the rule of the EU

UK-EU regulatory divergence tracker

December 16, 2021: UK-EU regulatory divergence tracker
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The UK in a Changing Europe’s regulatory divergence tracker provides an overview of where and how the UK has used its newfound regulatory freedoms to diverge from EU standards. It

Current and future challenges in the supply chain

November 24, 2021: Current and future challenges in the supply chain
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

At the Port of Antwerp Intermodal Marketplace on the 9th of November 2021, ESC Secretary General Godfried Smit talked about current and future challenges in the supply chain. In his

ESC position on Fit for 55

November 24, 2021: ESC position on Fit for 55
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European Shippers’ Council understands the need to manage emissions and ESC members are committed to work on sustainability goals. Fit for 55 proposals are a good starting point to

Council adopts revision of Eurovignette Directive

November 24, 2021: Council adopts revision of Eurovignette Directive
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

On 9 November, the Council of the European Union formally adopted at first reading the revision of the Eurovignette Directive. The final text results from the informal deal reached among

TIACA sustainability roadmap

November 24, 2021: TIACA sustainability roadmap
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

As part of its sustainability agenda, the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has published the industry’s first Air Cargo Sustainability Roadmap. This comprehensive publication is designed to

TIACA annual sustainability survey

November 24, 2021: TIACA annual sustainability survey
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has launched a survey on sustainability. With this year’s survey, TIACA aims to measure the progress the air cargo community has made in its

Use of vehicles hired without drivers: Parliament and Council reach provisional agreement

November 8, 2021: Use of vehicles hired without drivers: Parliament and Council reach provisional agreement
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the proposal during the second trilogue on 26 October 2021. The revision clarifies the current rules, harmonises the legal

European Commission: report on the implementation of Free Trade Agreements

November 8, 2021: European Commission: report on the implementation of Free Trade Agreements
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The Commission will present its Report on the Implementation and Enforcement of EU Trade Agreements over 2020 to the members of the Parliamentary Committee on International Trade on the 9th

Fit for 55 Package: aviation and A4E position

November 8, 2021: Fit for 55 Package: aviation and A4E position
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

ESC is in line with the ambitious objectives of ‘Fit For 55’ package proposals of July 2021. For airplanes, it is unavoidable that the switch from mineral oils to renewable

COVID-19: restrictions to access workplaces from 1 November in Austria

October 28, 2021: COVID-19: restrictions to access workplaces from 1 November in Austria
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

In Austria, as of 1 November 2021, everybody who has physical contact with other people in their workplace, being employees, owners or operators, are only allowed to access workplaces if:

ESC recommendations regarding Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

October 21, 2021: ESC recommendations regarding Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

To combat carbon leakage, which until now has been regulated in the EU Emissions Trading System itself, a new instrument is being developed: Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). Given the

The European Commission’s follow up on the measures for cleaner maritime transport

October 21, 2021: The European Commission’s follow up on the measures for cleaner maritime transport
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European Commission has assessed the European Parliament non-legislative resolution on technical and operational measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport. The resolution calls for

Environment Council: exchange of views on ‘Fit for 55’ package

October 21, 2021: Environment Council: exchange of views on ‘Fit for 55’ package
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

6th October, 2021 the Environment Council Ministers held an exchange of views on the 5 proposals presented by the Commission under the Fit for 55 package that fall under the

Italy: obligation for drivers to have a COVID pass to access company premises

October 21, 2021: Italy: obligation for drivers to have a COVID pass to access company premises
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

A summary of measures in Italy applicable as of 15 October contains the following: 1. Continued obligation of the compilation of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) in digital format before

WTO: new edition of “Trade Profiles”

October 21, 2021: WTO: new edition of “Trade Profiles”
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

11th October, 2021, the WTO issued the latest edition of its annual statistical publication, Trade Profiles, which provides a series of key indicators on merchandise trade and trade in commercial

WTO: customs new tool

October 21, 2021: WTO: customs new tool
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

9th October, 2021, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) launched a new online tool to keep track of changes in the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS), the system used

G20: meeting on trade and Sorrento Declaration

October 21, 2021: G20: meeting on trade and Sorrento Declaration
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

On 12 October, the G20 Ministers responsible for international trade met in Sorrento. The topics among others included: link between trade and health; digital trade, participation of SMEs in world

Brexit: further facilitation of the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

October 21, 2021: Brexit: further facilitation of the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

13 October, 2021, the European Commission proposed bespoke arrangements to respond to the difficulties that people in Northern Ireland have been experiencing because of Brexit, by further facilitating

The future of EU-US relations

October 21, 2021: The future of EU-US relations
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

6th of October, 2021, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the future of EU-US relations. For more information please see here.

EU-Qatar : EU and Qatar sign landmark aviation agreement

October 21, 2021: EU-Qatar : EU and Qatar sign landmark aviation agreement
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The EU-Qatar agreement will expand commercial opportunities and trade and will facilitate people-to-people contacts. Going beyond traffic rights, the agreement will provide a single set of rules, high

2-3 November, Asian Logistics, Maritime, and Aviation Conference

October 20, 2021: 2-3 November, Asian Logistics, Maritime, and Aviation Conference
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

2-3 November, 2021, Asian Logistics, Maritime, and Aviation Conference (ALMAC) will be staged virtually.  Themed “Resilience.Agility.Sustainability – Reshaping the Global Supply Chain”, over 15 thematic

New president of European Shippers’ Council

October 20, 2021: New president of European Shippers’ Council
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

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 was

ENTRANCE – Open Competition now launched! SCALE YOUR INNOVATIVE TRANSPORT & MOBILITY SOLUTION!

October 1, 2021: ENTRANCE – Open Competition now launched! SCALE YOUR INNOVATIVE TRANSPORT & MOBILITY SOLUTION!
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European project ENTRANCE has launched an open competition where participants will present their innovative transport and mobility solutions that will improve the sustainability of urban logistics

ESC sets out recommendations for due diligence legislation

October 1, 2021: ESC sets out recommendations for due diligence legislation
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

European Shippers’ Council, representing importers and exporters throughout Europe, welcomes the work of the European Commission on due diligence goals. ESC believes that the interplay of the three European

‘Fit for 55’ package from an industrial perspective

October 1, 2021: ‘Fit for 55’ package from an industrial perspective
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

EU internal market and industry ministers discussed the impact of the new climate and energy package on the economy and industry. Ministers broadly agreed that the availability of affordable decarbonized

MATCH 2 RAIL supports shipper in shifting freight to climate-friendly rail

October 1, 2021: MATCH 2 RAIL supports shipper in shifting freight to climate-friendly rail
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

MATCH2RAIL solution, launched by the shift2030 initiative and digi-trust.eu B.V., is creating more visibility of the available rail routes for shippers. Shippers can easily upload their current and planned

The Commission says it monitors antitrust compliance in the container shipping sector

October 1, 2021: The Commission says it monitors antitrust compliance in the container shipping sector
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Executive Vice-President Vestager answered the written question about the unfair practices in the container shipping industry that have been disrupting entire supply chains. The question came from the

“Governments must now intervene in the supply chain”

October 1, 2021: “Governments must now intervene in the supply chain”
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

“Governments should intervene to “restore order” in global logistics chains,” President/CEO Takeshi Hashimoto of the Japanese shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) said in an interview with the Financial

EU-US trade

October 1, 2021: EU-US trade
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC) met for the first time in Pittsburgh on 29 September 2021. It was co-chaired by European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, European

France will enforce the 40-ton rule for cross-border traffic with Belgium

September 10, 2021: France will enforce the 40-ton rule for cross-border traffic with Belgium
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

France has announced that they will start enforcing a European rule that limits cross-border traffic within the EU to 40 tons, despite the allowance of 44 tons on the French

British freeports may negatively affect Dutch seaports

September 10, 2021: British freeports may negatively affect Dutch seaports
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The Dutch Institute for Transport and Logistics (Kennisinstituut voor Mobiliteit, KiM) investigated the case of the British freeports to be developed as places of settlement. Freeports are seaport areas

Rail traffic situation in Germany

September 10, 2021: Rail traffic situation in Germany
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

There have been many disturbances in the railroad sector recently. Due to the strikes in Germany, the planning of transport for shippers was difficult for days, still some delays continue.

EUROCONTROL study on climate change risks for European aviation

September 10, 2021: EUROCONTROL study on climate change risks for European aviation
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

A new report carried out by Egis and the UK Met Office on behalf of EUROCONTROL assesses how existing weather trends have impacted aviation in recent years, factoring in climate

New Silk Road no longer needs subsidies

September 10, 2021: New Silk Road no longer needs subsidies
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The pandemic taught a lesson that the success of the New Silk Road does not rely on the Chinese subsidies, or any other subsidies for that matter. The subsidies are

Inland transport of dangerous goods: EC to authorise certain national derogations

September 10, 2021: Inland transport of dangerous goods: EC to authorise certain national derogations
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Please click here to access the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/1436 of 31 August 2021 amending Directive 2008/68/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the inland transport

Strike in Germany is hampering EU supply chains

August 24, 2021: Strike in Germany is hampering EU supply chains
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

Godfried Smit, ESC Secretary General, talked to RTL Z news. Strike in Germany is hampering EU supply chains. Many companies have no alternative mode for transport. European Shippers’ Council considers

PLATINA3 survey on greening challenge

August 10, 2021: PLATINA3 survey on greening challenge
By: Andreas Kortenhaus

The EU-funded PLATINA3 project intends to provide targeted coordination and support activities to promote inland waterway transport (IWT) in Europe. Inside the project, a specific task is dedicated to

New eTOLL road user charging system in Poland for goods and passenger transport

June 30, 2021: New eTOLL road user charging system in Poland for goods and passenger transport
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

In June 2021, Poland introduced a new tolling system (eTOLL) for all vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass of more than 3.5 tonnes. This included goods vehicles, buses, coaches and

Relaunching rail freight for green growth

June 30, 2021: Relaunching rail freight for green growth
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

French rail freight sector, shippers and industry, unite to express their deep concern about the financing and the implementation of a national strategy that truly embodies the rail freight in

The European Commission’s response about the traffic disruptions at Brenner corridor

June 30, 2021: The European Commission’s response about the traffic disruptions at Brenner corridor
By: Katsiaryna Kliuyeva

The European Parliament asked the European Commission about the restrictions on the free movement of commercial vehicles in transit through Austria and Germany. The Commission communication of 19 January

Updated overview of FTA and other trade negotiations