You're not logged in | login
close this

register (ESC members only)

ESC – European Shippers' Council

14th Round of TTIP Talks Concluded

International Trade

The 14th round of negotiations of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US were officially concluded on July 15, 2016. The parties aim to have a consolidated text, the negotiating positions of both parts, by the end of the summer.

(more…)

EU and Indonesia Start Trade Talks

European Commission

On July 18, 2016, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Indonesian Minister of Trade Tom Lembong agreed to officially launch the negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the EU and Indonesia.

(more…)

Carriers’ Commitments on Price Transparency Accepted by Commission

European Commission

The commitments of fourteen container liner shipping companies to increase price transparency for customers and to reduce the possibility to coordinate prices have been accepted by the European Commission. The Commission adopted a decision to make these commitments legally binding on the carriers for a period of three years starting from 7 December 2016.

(more…)

Europe Air Cargo Increased in May

Air Cargo

On July 6, 2016, Airports Council International (ACI) reported that airfreight traffic across the European airport network grew by 2.8 percent in May. EU airports showed a 3.8 percent growth rate, while non-EU airports indicated a decline of 4.4 percent.

(more…)

New Central Data Repository For Containers Online

Container Liner Cargo

The BIC Technical Characteristics Database (TCD) allows shippers to obtain container characteristics by using the container’s operational number. The focus has been on container tare weight for method 2 of the SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) declarations, thereby enabling shippers to access this information more easily.

(more…)

For shippers, surcharges without explanation

Container Liner Cargo

Shippers from all over the world are now confronted with extra surcharges, longer lead times and changed cut-off times imposed by other stakeholders in the maritime supply chain. These charges are applied without any sensible explanation and regardless of shippers being compliant before or since July 1st or being not compliant at all.

(more…)

ESC: Commission fails consumers

European Commission

By making the commitments recently offered by several container carriers legally binding, the European Commission has failed to take a global approach to a global issue.

(more…)

Approval National Parliaments Necessary for CETA Deal

European Commission

After pressure from Member States the Commission has decided on July 5, 2016, to use the mixed agreement to ratify the trade deal between the EU and Canada, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This means that the approval of national parliaments is necessary.

(more…)