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Winter capacity constraints at Amsterdam airport

This article was posted on October 3rd, 2017 by under NewsUncategorized

Amsterdam Schiphol airport will have air traffic capacity constraints in the coming winter. Rogier Spoel, Air Transport Policy Manager at ESC spoke to the Lloyd’s Loading List. According to him and to the other air cargo and shipper representatives, given a strong growth in cargo at Schiphol so far in 2017, this can have a significant impact on full-freighter operations at the airport. (more…)

Rail Transport Council

This article was posted on February 15th, 2017 by under Uncategorized

For more information, please contact Pauline Bastidon, ESC Rail Policy Manager at

CORE: More Safety and Security for Intermodal Transport of Dangerous Goods

This article was posted on January 25th, 2017 by under Uncategorized


Consistently Optimized Resilient Secure Global Supply Chains (CORE) project has developed a tracking and tracing solution for its Demonstrator of the intermodal transport of dangerous goods. The solution is based on the use of satellite navigation technologies (EGNOS and Galileo) and provides the ground for many operational and relational improvements in business.

First, the CORE solution can improve the efficiency and safety of connecting products (dangerous goods) with the consumers who buy them while enabling the continuous control and monitoring of dangerous goods traffic, as well as providing data for a further analysis for incident prevention.

Secondly, the development of this CORE solution is based on the thorough analysis of the tracking and tracing solutions in use and the developments of the other European projects that use the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) to improve the quality of tracking and tracing of goods. (EGNOS is Europe’s regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) that is used to advance the performance of global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs), such as GPS and Galileo). Capitalising on this heritage, the CORE project creates its solution by integrating multi-GNSS technologies based on the European systems EGNOS and Galileo, the Chinese system BEIDOU and the Russian system GLONASS.

Thirdly, the CORE demonstrator where this solution is validated (the intermodal road-rail transport of chemicals and gas shipped across Europe) contributes to the implementation of the Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) in Europe, and specifically to the creation of value added services oriented to the transport of special goods and sensitive materials.

The EU sponsored R&D project CORE (Consistently Optimized REsilient Secure Global Supply-Chains) began in 2014 and will continue till 2018. For more information about the project, please consult:

The 13th LANDSEC meeting, 3rd October 2016

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The 13th meeting of the EU Expert Group for Land Transport Security (LANDSEC) gathered representatives of 16 Member States as well as 24 stakeholder organisations. ESC attends the LANDSEC meetings because, on the one hand, it is of importance that ESC contributes to a safer and more secure transportation of goods. On the other hand, ESC wants to make sure that measures taken do not cause any extra administrative (or other), burden on the Shipper.

A new secure parking programme with an online tool using easy-to-identify signage was presented by the Transported Asset Protection Association, Europe, Middle East and Africa (TAPA EMEA).   This project will start in the first half of 2017.

The role of the new EU Commissioner for the EU Security Union Sir Julian King was also discussed. The new EU Commissioner will have at his disposal a task force supervised by DG HOME with experts from DG MOVE, DG CONNECT and DG ENER.

As for the state of play of the EU handbook on migrants and the road haulage sector, a tool kit providing comprehensive and consistent advice and guidance on security measures will be available by summer 2017. Within the” EU Action Plan on Smuggling” the Commission will also distribute a code of conduct for drivers.

During the meeting, there was also information on new legislative initiatives by Member States, upcoming conferences on protection of public areas in transport and on transport security research, and the presentation of a draft study on security options for the European rail services. Please contact us if you require any additional information on this (

Job Offer at the European Shippers’ Council

This article was posted on June 10th, 2016 by under Uncategorized

The mission of ESC , European Shippers’ Council, is to contribute to the improvement of the Supply Chains. ESC represents the position of companies in trade and industry sending goods from origin to destination; these companies are called Shippers or Cargoowners. Supply Chains should allow goods to flow fast and reliable, should be optimised in terms of cost and quality and should be compliant with all regulatory matters. ESC is the only association that does that from a transportuser perspective only!