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Driver shortage to surge in 2020, says IRU

IRU said that its research of small and medium sized logistics companies  showed that the European road transport sector is facing a 13% increase in its commercial driver shortage. The commercial freight driver shortfall on the continent would rise from 23% in 2019 to 36% in 2020, it predicted. Poland and Romania are two of the most heavily affected countries. In Poland, driver shortage stands at 22% and is expected to jump ... [+]

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by the OECD’s International Transport Forum on 19 February called for the shipping line consortia block exemption to be repealed.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 ... [+]

Shippers call for Brexit breathing-space

The European Shippers’ Council has called for a Brexit transitional period until at least December 2020 to allow governments and companies to finalise their preparation. It says that if the present Brexit withdrawal agreement is not passed in the House of Commons in mid-January, a cliff-edge scenario is most likely ... [+]

Shippers welcome Maritime Single Window plan

The European Shippers Council said has welcomed the European Commission’s new proposal for a Maritime Single Window. It said it would provide faster clearance and release of goods and reduced administrative burdens. However, ESC added that it and other stakeholders would welcome more detail on how different systems will interact ... [+]

Commission launches consortia probe

The European Commission has launched an evaluation of the current block exemption of shipping line consortia. The European Shippers’ Council says it is preparing its own response, but individual shippers are also free to participate. ESC said shippers had raised a number of concerns over competition issues. The Block Exemption ... [+]

Shipper chief joins TIACA board

European Shippers’ Council (ESC) chairman, Denis Choumert has joined The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) board of directors. He has held high-level operational roles with the Technip and Italcementi Groups in a career spanning over two decades and was appointed ESC chairman in 2012. He holds and holds director level ... [+]

Bringing back borders could cost €3 billion-plus, warn shippers

The European Shippers’ Council has written to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warning that the reintroduction of intra-EU border controls could potentially hamper trade flows within the Union, putting the potential cost of such a move at up to €3 billion. But the the economic damage could be considerably higher ... [+]

Still no clarity on Union Customs Code warns ESC

Discussions on the Union Customs Code (UCC) still cannot be finalized as the European Commission has been forced to revise the legislation on transitional measures, warns the European Shippers Council. As the UCC is due to enter into gradually into force from 1 May 2016, this will reduce the time for ... [+]

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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