The 15th meeting of the EU Expert Group for Land Transport Security (LANDSEC) took place on the 26th of April 2017. The Commission is working on a policy to improve the security on rail. After some incidents in passenger trains (Thalys) the Commission has prioritized the passenger transport for measures to be taken. The ticketing and analysing of passenger data will be studied in particular. For the moment, Freight transport will be out of scope.
Organisations in the Trade Contact Group have decided to work together on monitoring and sharing views on the Brexit process. The European position will become public on the 29 April 2017. The informal task force will also advocate a meaningful and coherent consultation process. All parties involved are aiming at a process having a minimal impact on import, export and logistical processes. The associations, for a time being, will work together in an informal way.
ESC is a member of one of the European Commission’s expert groups – Trade Contact Group – which deals with the Union Customs Code implementation, thus with the automation of the European customs.
The European Commission Multi-Annual Strategic Plan (MASP) provides the timeline to set European customs applications. At the moment, it is under revision. The present MASP defines the 31st December 2020 as the final date of the implementation process. However, because of a lack of budget and other resources this date is not likely to be met. (more…)
A group of 13 Dutch associations including Dutch Shippers’ Council evefenedex is advocating an exemption from the directive on driving licences that limits the use of heavier light commercial vehicles by the holders of a driving licence type C.
The request regards electrical vans. The batteries used in these vans increase the gross weight of the cars and have the additional consequence of exceeding the gross weight limit (3500 kg is the maximum weight for vans to be used by drivers in possession of a licence type C). The type C licence is the type of driving licence used for private cars and vans. (more…)
Since ESC’s first press release of the 17th of March 2017, the press reported on the problems that shippers are faced with in ports: the insufficient capacity to take all shipments, no guarantee that all goods of a shipment will be loaded, increasing prices for the available slots. ESC gave interviews and provided additional information to a number of publications:
- American Shipper, “Shanghai’s Yangshan Port suffers massive delays”, 17.04.2017
- Journal of Commerce, “Asia-Europe spot market begins to inch up”, 14.04.2017
- PaRR, “Shipping alliances provoke global antitrust pushback”, 11.04.2017
- Lloyd’s List, “Carriers blame unseasonal demand for European exporters’ woes”, 06.04.2017
- The Wall Street Journal, “Cargo Owners Complain of ‘Total Mess’ Shipping Goods to Asia”, 05.04.2017
- The LoadStar, “Capacity-stricken box lines under fire from European shippers over lost contracts”, 05.04.2017
- Splash 24/7, “Extra capacity on main east-west trades set to calm shipper nerves”, 05.04.2017
- Lloyd’s List, “New alliances fail to reassure European shippers as cargo backlog grows”, 05.04.2017
- Journal of Commerce, “European shippers say exports to Asia delayed weeks”, 04.04.2017
- Splash 24/7, “Who’s fooling who as alliance reschuffle falls tomorrow”, 31.03.2017
- Shipping Watch, “Shippers want the EU to look into liner rules”, 29.03.2017
- Port technology, “Maiden Voyage Route Announced for Largest Containership”, 29.03.2017
- American Shipper, “ESC complains about ‘huge booking crunch’ “, 28.03.2017
- Port technology, “Shippers raise concern over alliance changes”, 28.03.2017
- Splash 24/7, “Shippers cry foul over April 1 reshuffle of the global container alliances”, 28.03.2017
- Nieuwsblad Transport, “Reorganisatie allianties oorzaak voor capaciteitstekort”, 23.03.2017
- Air cargo news, “Carriers see europe-asia demans surge as box lines feel a cpacity pinch”, 22.03.2017
- Fresh Plaza, “ESC asks for clarification capacity seaborne freight”, 22.03.2017.
The ESC and Drewry contacted several hundred of shippers and forwarders from all over the world in March 2017 and asked them how satisfied they were with the services provided by ocean carriers. According to the survey, the service provided by container shipping lines is rated as poor to average and has deteriorated in the past year. The three areas of service or price in which shippers and forwarders were the most dissatisfied with were “carrier financial stability”, “quality of customer service” and “reliability of booking/cargo shipped as booked”. More…
On 6 April 2017, ESC organised a second joint workshop between shippers and railways on the competitiveness and attractiveness of rail freight. Discussions focused on the issues of reliability, with a request from shippers for more transparency, better customer care and improved performance, and last mile infrastructure and operations, which represent a big part of the costs of rail transport for shippers using conventional rail services. The group also reviewed and completed the draft action plan which will be finalised ahead of the meeting with rail freight CEOs on 4 May.
The joint workshop was followed by a meeting of the ESC railway transport council, where other hot topics such as railway noise and bans on noisy wagons, as well as involvement of end users in rail freight corridors were discussed.
The next meeting of the ESC RTC will take place on 14 June in Brussels. For more information or if you wish to join the group, please contact ESC RTC Manager Pauline Bastidon – firstname.lastname@example.org / 0032 478776674.