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Incoterms® 2020

European Shippers’ Council is contributing to the review process of Incoterms. We are happy to see that the International Chamber of Commerce has taken on board practitioners’ criticism as to the readability, clarity, and practical applicability of several Incoterms. Sadly, not all problems as experienced by practitioners are resolved in the currently proposed changes. So, if no further improvements are made, we can still expect issues to arise concerning packaging, EXW, and excise/customs related activities. (more…)

Public consultation: OECD guidance to counter illicit trade

OCDE launched a public consultation on the draft OECD Guidance to Counter Illicit Trade in Free Trade Zones (FTZ). The objective of the consultation is to benefit from the experience and expertise of all the stakeholders concerned by its provisions. The guidance itself aims to increase transparency, (more…)

EP failed to come to an agreement: what it means for shippers

Last week in a vote the European Parliament rejected the amendments to the proposals on updating drivers’ rest time rules, cabotage, and posting of drivers and referred them back to the Transport committee for further consideration. The fact that the European Parliament has to reconsider the proposals means slowing down of the legislation process. (more…)

Interesting read for summer holidays

We would like to share with you the recent publications that would be of interest to shippers and other stakeholders in the supply chain. These are the topics that are close to our heart and written by the authors with who we have regular contacts. (more…)

ESC in press: container lines services

The service provided by container shipping lines … is now seen by exporters, importers and freight forwarders as more problematic, according to the second annual shipper satisfaction survey of Drewry and the European Shippers’ Council (ESC), Bunkerspot, June 2018