Transporters call for fair deal in Covid recovery

European forwarders’ organisation Clecat and a number of other shipping and transport organisations called on EU Member States and the European Commission to ensure that transport receives adequate consideration after the European Parliament endorsed a Recovery and Resilience plan with a budget of €672.5 billion on 9 February. They said that while hit hard by the pandemic and the various restrictive measures, the sector has demonstrated its crucial role in ... [+]

CLECAT calls for clarity on detention and demurrage charges

European forwarders’ organisation CLECAT has called for a more transparent process in determining of detention and demurrage charges in container shipping. In a paper published in early April, it sets out a number of issues freight forwarders have encountered recently. Director general Nicolette van der Jagt, said: “Over the last couple ... [+]

Put liner consortia on the chopping block, say shippers

Freight industry stakeholders including the Clecat forwarders’ organisation, the Global Shippers Forum and the European Shippers’ Council meeting at a roundtable in Paris hosted by the OECD’s International Transport Forum on 19 February called for the shipping line consortia block exemption to be repealed. They said that market developments over the ... [+]

Forwarders welcome plans for Maritime Single Window

The Clecat forwarders organisation along with the European Shippers’ Council have joined forces with other shipping groups to welcome the European Maritime Single Window Environment Regulation, which was adopted by the European Transport and Tourism Committee in January. However, Clecat cautions against the creation of an EU Level Access Point ... [+]

Clecat disappointed by cabotage plans

European forwarders’ representative group Clecat says it is disappointed at the European Council’s recent compromise agreement on posting of workers. It says that the agreement, if implement, would in “no way respond to the need for simple, uniform, clear and easily enforceable rules which would facilitate transport operations, protect the ... [+]

UK customs plans will take a decade to realise, says Clecat

UK plans for a Facilitated Customs Arrangement (FCA) could take up to a decade to put into practice and are not a realistic solution to the problems posed by Brexit, says forwarder’s group Clecat in a new position paper published on 16 October. The group is urging Brexit negotiators to prevent ... [+]

Forwarders welcome plan to ditch the paper

The Clecat forwarders’ organisation welcomed the EU’s third Mobility Package on 18 May, saying that the proposal it contained to create a fully digital environment for information exchange in freight transport would help eliminate paper documents. Director general Nicolette van der Jagt said: “Requiring acceptance of electronic formats for transport information ... [+]

Posting of workers should not apply to international haulage, says Clecat

Forwarders’ organisation Clecat says that the EU Posting of Workers Directive should not apply to international road transport operations as it would punish those that abide by the rules, and add a disproportionate administrative burden to the sector. It says that the Commission’s proposal to apply the directive, subject to a ... [+]

Forwarders dismayed by ‘return home’ plans for truck drivers

The Clecat European forwarders’ alliance has hit out against proposals by nine European transport ministers that would ‘encourage’ operators to allow drivers to return to their home base at weekends. It says that the proposals would reduce the competitiveness of European transport and would frustrate ambitions to reduce carbon emissions. Ministers ... [+]

Groups call for more rail freight priority

European forwarders' association CLECAT and the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) have written to the European Commission to warning of a potential lack of capacity for international freight trains on major routes. The associations urge Member States to give priority to international freight trains in order to ensure the proper functioning ... [+]

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