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 Dublin Resolution, which was issued at the conclusion of the Policy Commission meeting in Dublin, Ireland on 11 December 2013, welcomestheWTO Agreement On Trade Facilitation (the “Trade Facilitation Agreement”), as embodied in the Bali Package’s Ministerial Decision, adopted at the WTO’s Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia from 3 to 7 December 2013, under the framework of the Doha Development Agenda. (more…)
Some days before a strategic vote on the 4th Railway package, some MEPs – supported by incumbents – are bringing amendments which may lead to an unacceptable set back of the European Railway reform. These very last minute amendments could jepoardize the vote of the package! We consider it as a sabotage action towards fullfilment of the European railway reform. (more…)
P3 and G6 alliances’ market share on some routes now totals 80 percent
Shippers, united in the European Shippers’ Council (ESC), indicate that although the announced P3 cooperation has to be tested on basic competition rules, it might also bring efficiency gains and other benefits to the market of container liner shipping. (more…)
After nearly 2 years from the expected study on the single wagon load, the study has been launched by the European Commission/DG MOVE.
On the 15 November 2013, int the framework of the study “Single Wagonload traffic in Europe challenges, prospects and policy options”, the Commission has organised a stakeholder seminar, in order to: (more…)
The undersigned would like to draw your attention to their position regarding the Commission’s proposal for the revision of Directive 96/53 about Weights & Dimensions. One European market, based on four freedoms, under which the free movement of goods is a main objective of the European Union. The internal borders between EU member states have almost vanished. One of the most obvious exceptions on the internal market principle is the restriction on border crossings of longer and heavier vehicles, where 44 tons GVW vehicles or EMS (European Modular System) trucks are at greatest risk. (more…)
The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) and the Asian Shippers’ Meeting (ASM) on Sunday agreed to take their cooperation to the next level. According to the two organisations, the intensified cooperation will further decrease trade barriers.
In a joint meeting in Chiang Rai, Thailand, the ESC and ASM agreed to work closer together on a selected number of truly international issues that have a big impact on shippers in particular and therefore on the economy and consumers in general. (more…)