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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.

Discussing Cooperation In Shanghai


Policy Officer Lodewijk Wisse on joining ‘Intermodal Asia’.

Throughout the year and around the globe, conferences on logistics and transport take place. Last week ‘Intermodal Asia’ was organized for the first time. In – where else –  Shanghai. Shanghai after all has the largest seaport in the world. As a member of the Maritime Transport Council of the European Shippers ‘Council (ESC) the conference organizers asked me to discuss the European shippers’ views on current developments in the maritime sector.


Air Cargo services do not meet expectations of customers


European Shippers present ‘Airfreight 2020 and beyond’

Download Air Freight 2020 and Beyond – A Shipper’s Whitepaper on Airfreight.

The vast majority of air cargo users claim that the air cargo services do not meet the requirements and expectations of their customers. According to the European Shippers’ Council (ESC), companies feel they are not being heard by the air freight industry.

In order to close the gap between shippers and the air cargo industry the ESC, representing the freight transport interests (by all modes of transport) of business in Europe, created the whitepaper ‘Airfreight 2020 and beyond’. The whitepaper informs the air cargo industry on the wishes of the cargo owners by beginning a dialogue on how to improve this transport mode. (more…)

EU trade surplus in goods with the US of 92 bn euro

In the run up to the summit between the European Union and the United States, to be held on 26 March in Brussels, Eurostat issued data on trade and investments between the US and the EU.

The US remained the EU’s largest trading partner for both goods and services in 2013. However, there has been a steady decline in the share of the USA in total EU international trade in goods over the last decade. While in 2002, the USA accounted for 28% of total EU exports and 20% of imports, by 2013 these shares had fallen to 17% and 12% respectively. (more…)

United States approve P3 alliance European Shippers: more insight needed in effects alliance on companies

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), responsible for maritime affairs in the United States, has given its approval for the creation of the so-called P3 alliance – the alliance of the world’s three largest container shipping companies.

 The world’s three largest container shipping companies who will form this alliance, Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM, will operate on routes between Asia and Europe, between Asia and the Unites States and between the U.S. and Europe. In these of areas, the market share of the group blithely exceeds 40 percent. The ESC, representing the freight transport interests (by all modes of transport) of business in Europe, indicates that the announced P3 cooperation has to be tested on basic competition rules. (more…)

ETS for Aviation

Yesterday, the Environment (ENVI) Committee of the European Parliament rejected the provisional tri-party agreement on how to amend the scope of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for aviation.

The original ETS regulation forces airlines to buy ETS certificates for flights from, to, and within the European Union. Countries like Russia, the United States and Brazil objected to this extraterritorial practise.The rejected proposal on ETS has a more limited scope.

Only flights within, to, and from EU airports need to have purchased ETS certificates. ICAO, the UN agency for civil aviation, in the meantime will create a greenhouse gas trading scheme on a global level by 2020. The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) is in favour of this limited Commission proposal in combination with the global solution as provided by ICAO.


Position of the ESC on the Consortia Renewal

CONSULTATION on the Draft Commission Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 906/2009 on Liner Shipping Consortia as regards its period of application



The European Commission introduced the first Consortia Regulation in 1995. Following additional Regulations, the present one which is due to expire in April 2015 entered into force in April 2010. This exemption to the competition rules apply to groups of operators, that streamline operations and costs, by sharing the technical means to provide a regular line. This form of cooperation does not allow concerted pricing policies or information exchange that can influence them.

As we approach the expiration date, the European Commission has launched a consultation to assess whether or not to renew further the present exemption. (more…)

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