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…)
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.
The Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to offer digital signing for receipt of goods
Soon, Dutch companies will be the first in the world to be able to sign for goods via mobile phone. EVO (Dutch Shippers’ Council), TLN (Transport and Logistics Netherlands) and the NBB (Dutch Inland Shipping Bureau) hereby put the logistical infrastructure of the Netherlands one step ahead to that of other countries, resulting in significant savings for numerous businesses. The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) is watching this development closely, hoping the rest of Europe can follow from example.