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ESC – European Shippers' Council

What is a Shipper?

Shippers represent the owner of goods being transported by any mode of transport, whether consignors (the traditional meaning of shipper) or consignee.

The definition of shipper has changed in line with the nature of international trade and transport: in today’s global economy shippers may contract third party logistics providers or freight forwarders to procure and manage their freight shipments; they will be responsible for arranging and managing that contract. (more…)

What does ESC do?

The Council represents the vast majority of goods distributed by sea, road, rail, inland waterways and air. ESC, based in Brussels, acts as the “eyes and ears” for its member organisations – the national shippers’ councils – in respect of EU legislative activity. Equally it functions as the mouth-piece for shippers in Brussels. It has the dual role of gathering and feeding back vital intelligence on current and future EU policy developments and directly lobbying for ESC positions vis-à-vis the European institutions. It does this in close co-operation with its members.

INTERMODAL ASIA 24-26 March 2015 Shanghai

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On behalf of the organisers of the INTERMODAL ASIA 2015, we would like to invite you to attend the exhibition and conference this coming March 24 to 26, 2015

Joost Sitskoorn is representing the European Shippers’ Council  and  will be the chairperson for 2 panel sessions during the event:


ESC to Bulc: open up internal market

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The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) spoke with European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, yesterday, about creating a level playing field  for shippers and taking down trade barriers within the European Union.


Dutch Businesses: ‘K’ Line Best Performing Carrier

Container Liner is reliable and communicates well, research shows


Businesses in the Netherlands have elected ‘K’ Line as the best performing deep sea container carrier of 2014. Research by the Erasmus University Rotterdam among members of the Dutch Shippers’ Council (EVO) and Exports Association (Fenedex) made this clear. Daisuke Arai, European CEO of ‘K’ Line, accepted the award yesterday at the Dutch National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, which was presented by EVO-Chairman Chris Bruggink.

 The annual award is granted by EVO to the deep-sea container carrier whose service level is perceived to be the best by its members. The clients evaluate carriers on topics such as reliability, communication, punctuality, price and routes.


‘Congestion surcharges unacceptable’


European businesses hit hard with new surcharges; ESC calls upon ship owners to act

It is unacceptable to hit European businesses with the new so-called congestion surcharges. The European Shippers’ Council (ESC), seeing no reason to impose these congestion surcharges, urges ship owners to minimize surcharges and bring all costs into a single negotiable freight rate wherever possible.

Since a few weeks, businesses have been faced with the introduction of congestion surcharges in several parts of the world, among them Oman, the Philippines, India, the United States, Hong Kong and the Netherlands.


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