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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.

ECITL:Official Announcement

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!



Annual Conference on EU Trade Law 2014

logo_era_enThe ERA, Academy for European Law, is organising its Annual Conference on Trade Law 2014, which will be held in Brussels on October 16th and 17th.

This annual conference, as presented on the ERA website, will provide practitioners with in-depth analysis and high-level debate on the latest developments in the field of EU and world trade law.

The main focus of this year’s event will be the new legal framework to better enforce EU rights under  international trade agreements, recently approved by the European Parliament and by the EU Council. (more…)

CORE Website Launched








CORE launches website to protect and secure global supply chain

The balance between effective control and supervision and facilitating legitimate trade by a number of innovations, needs to be improved. That is why today the CORE website is launched – where its partners have committed to work together to maximize the speed and reliability and minimize cost of fulfilling global trade transactions, make supply chains more transparent and resilient and at the same time bring safety and security to the highest level.

In border-crossing operations with third countries there is still quite a deal to be gained. Interventions by control agencies can cause disturbances and unexpected delays harm supply chain predictability. Moreover, additional compliance processes and procedures have raised the administrative burden for legitimate traders, thus neutralizing the positive impact of paperless declarations.


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