As announced previously in several publications, ESC called for the meeting with the relevant European authorities, DG Competition, to discuss the container capacity crunch, the connection of this crunch with the Alliances and their impact on competition. This meeting took place on 30th June 2017.
ESC explained the effects of the capacity crunch based on the report of the ESC Observatory exercise. Indeed, a significant number of shippers reported in summary the following: breached contracts, suggestions to overbook, delayed sailings, a lack of preparations by the Alliances, absence of contingency plans, and last but not least, some prices doubled temporarily. (more…)
On 13 June 2017, the European Shippers Council was invited to address the CEOs of rail infrastructure managers during their annual meeting in Sopron, Hungary. Jean-Christophe Hermand, the Chair of ESC Railway Transport Council, used this opportunity to outline expectations from cargo owners. He also opened a discussion with infrastructure managers on potential changes that could be agreed and supported by both sides, focusing on the following topics:
On 31st May 2017, the European Commission published a large package of legislation on road transportation. This package will amend several already existing directives, such as access to the market and the tachograph directive. Main features of the so-called Mobility Package are the liberalization of cabotage and a more stringent regime on paying the minimum wage of the country where a service is delivered.
Cabotage under the present legislation (national transport after an international transport) is possible for 3 voyages in 7 days. Under the proposals, this will be extended to an unlimited number of voyages in 5 days. This extension of cabotage is welcomed by ESC as it increases the possibilities for a more efficient and sustainable road transport. Cabotage should take place under local conditions. (more…)