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ESC – European Shippers' Council

What is a Shipper?

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…)

What does ESC do?

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.

Dutch Businesses: ‘K’ Line Best Performing Carrier

Container Liner is reliable and communicates well, research shows


Businesses in the Netherlands have elected ‘K’ Line as the best performing deep sea container carrier of 2014. Research by the Erasmus University Rotterdam among members of the Dutch Shippers’ Council (EVO) and Exports Association (Fenedex) made this clear. Daisuke Arai, European CEO of ‘K’ Line, accepted the award yesterday at the Dutch National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, which was presented by EVO-Chairman Chris Bruggink.

 The annual award is granted by EVO to the deep-sea container carrier whose service level is perceived to be the best by its members. The clients evaluate carriers on topics such as reliability, communication, punctuality, price and routes.


‘Congestion surcharges unacceptable’


European businesses hit hard with new surcharges; ESC calls upon ship owners to act

It is unacceptable to hit European businesses with the new so-called congestion surcharges. The European Shippers’ Council (ESC), seeing no reason to impose these congestion surcharges, urges ship owners to minimize surcharges and bring all costs into a single negotiable freight rate wherever possible.

Since a few weeks, businesses have been faced with the introduction of congestion surcharges in several parts of the world, among them Oman, the Philippines, India, the United States, Hong Kong and the Netherlands.


A First: Signing for Receipt of Goods Using a Mobile Phone

The Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to offer digital signing for receipt of goods

Soon, Dutch companies will be the first in the world to be able to sign for goods via mobile phone. EVO (Dutch Shippers’ Council), TLN (Transport and Logistics Netherlands) and the NBB (Dutch Inland Shipping Bureau) hereby put the logistical infrastructure of the Netherlands one step ahead to that of other countries, resulting in significant savings for numerous businesses. The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) is watching this development closely, hoping the rest of Europe can follow from example.


ECITL 2014, 7th Edition of ICT for Transport Logistics Conference in Dortmund

Invitation to attend attend the 7th European Conference on ICT for Transport Logistics (ECITL).

This year’s edition will be held from the 5th – 7th of November, 2014, and will focus on how

“ICT drive Transport Logistic Cooperation”.


The ECITL consists of one scientific and two industry days. Representatives from well-known organizations will present future trends, emerging technologies and innovative solutions in the field of Transport Logistics, Supply Chain Management and ICT.

Key dates:

Date:                     05-07 November 2014

Location:             Fraunhofer IML, Dortmund

Registration:      Open (Please click)

Agenda:              Online


You will get more information in attached official announcement as well as on the conference homepage.

We are looking forward welcoming you in Dortmund!



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