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…)
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.
At a meeting with EU Trade Ministers in Athens on February 28, BUSINESSEUROPE Director General Markus Beyrer called for continued progress towards an ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which should prioritise investment protection. The European Shippers’ Council (ESC), actively involved in the TTIP discussions, fully supports this statement. (more…)
National interests and opposition of rail workers block development of efficient and productive railway
February 27, 2014
The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) argues that withholding support for the governance structure will impede the new entrants from offering the rail transport services that companies really need. (more…)
Improving efficiency, security and compliance in international trade and logistics through IT innovation
The EU-funded project CASSANDRA kindly invites you to its final project workshop which focuses on presenting project results by logistics practitioners and Customs authorities, their experience from the activities in the Living Lab demonstrations as well as their perceived benefits from implementing the CASSANDRA approach; e.g. IT innovation such as the “Data Pipeline” for improved efficiency and security for various trade lanes between EU, Asia and Africa. (more…)
More than 100 organizations (rail manufacturers, railway undertakings, infrastructure managers, research institutes and universities and SMEs) now will contribute with their expertise to the SHIFT²RAIL initiative in its preparatory phase. The European rail sector started preparing this research and innovation programme in 2011 in order to make rail transport more attractive for passengers and freight. (more…)
The proposal of the European Commission for creating Chinese Walls within RUs that both rail freight services and manage the infrastructure, has been discussed by the TRAN Committee of the European Parliament (EP) last December. The then reached compromise is acceptable for ESC, Clecat and ERA and will be discussed by the plenary EP on 26 February. (more…)