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O.T.M. staat voor Organisatie van Traffic Managers. Zij is de enige organisatie die de
belangen verdedigt van de Verladers, zijnde de bedrijven die voor het vervoer van hun
producten gebruik maken van eigen vervoer of van transportbedrijven.

In deze rubriek geven we alle verslagen van ESC, European Shipper's Council weer.

Uiteraard is dat nieuws veelal van onschatbare waarde in verband met de evoluties op Europees niveau in alle vier de modi, weg-spoor-water-lucht.

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lobbywerkBron: Godfried Smit – 25/09/17

De wet- en regelgeving verschuift steeds meer naar ‘Brussel’. evofenedex voert daar dan ook samen met OTM en de European Shippers’ Council (ESC) een krachtige lobby om de belangen van Nederlandse, Belgische en Europese verladers optimaal te behartigen. evofenedex’ man in Brussel Godfried Smit vertelt wat er achter de schermen speelt.
Vanaf de eerste dag van september is de zomer echt voorbij in Brussel. We gaan weer aan de slag, alles begint weer te bewegen vanaf het punt waar het werk in juli was neergelegd. Voor de tweede helft van dit jaar staat er veel op het programma. Het zogenoemde Road Initiative, de grote herziening van de wetgeving op het gebied van het wegvervoer, zal daarbij een belangrijke rol spelen.
Vlak voor de zomer werden de rapporteurs voor de behandeling van de voorstellen van het Road Initiative in het Europees Parlement benoemd. Ik bezoek hen geregeld, gewapend met de standpunten van de ESC, evofenedex en OTM. Het wordt nog een hele tour de force om compromissen te bereiken, vooral op het terrein van de arbeidsmarkt. De Midden- en Oost-Europese landen zijn voorstander van meer open markten met geliberaliseerde cabotage en zo min mogelijk beperkingen voor internationaal vervoer, terwijl West-Europese landen meer de eigen arbeidsmarkt willen beschermen. De loonverschillen tussen Oost en West zijn de afgelopen jaren niet afgenomen en hetzelfde geldt voor de premiedruk. Het blijft dus balanceren tussen de op den duur door evofenedex gewenste vrije markt en de huidige realiteit van grote loonverschillen.

Bron: Europa-nu – 1/7/16 slovakije europeespresident

Slowakije heeft vrijdag het voorzitterschap van de Europese Unie voor de tweede helft van het jaar 2016 overgenomen van Nederland. Op 1 januari 2017 is Malta aan de beurt. Tot dat moment werken de drie landen in een 'trojka' nauw samen.
De Slowaakse premier Robert Fico en minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Miroslav Lajcák hebben in overleg met hun Nederlandse en Maltezer collega's een opzet gemaakt voor het programma en de prioriteiten. Dat werd al in februari goedgekeurd met de aantekening dat het Britse referendum over al dan niet uitreden uit de EU voor de nodige aanpassingen zou kunnen zorgen.

europakubusBron: OTM – Willem Buitenkamp – 29/01/16

In 2012 werd door de Europese Commissie (EC) een expertengroep onder de naam ‘Land Transport Security’ ingesteld die hen zou moeten assisteren in het formuleren en implementeren van EU acties, gericht op het ontwikkelen van beleid op het gebied van beveiliging van het transport over land. De experten zijn vertegenwoordigers van de lidstaten en van organisaties die met landtransport te maken hebben. Op dit moment vertegenwoordigd OTM als expert het European Shippers’ Council. De laatste vergadering bracht interessant nieuws.

Waarom specifiek de beveiliging van landtransport? Omdat de EC meende dat lucht- en zeevracht, met als speerpunt de terroristische dreiging, afdoende was beveiligd terwijl dit voor weg- en spoorvervoer niet het geval was. De expertengroep maakte vanaf dag 1 duidelijk dat ook de misdaad volledig in de debatten moest worden meegenomen want op dat moment leed het wegtransport al zo’n 8 miljard schade per jaar aan -voornamelijk- ladingdiefstal, terwijl ook in het spoorvervoer allerlei soorten van diefstal aan de orde waren. Die boodschap kwam goed over en misdaad werd mee op de agenda geplaatst.

Bron: EVO - Godfried Smit – 21/01/16

‘Transport is een vliegwiel voor bedrijven maar ook voor ons sociale leven.’
Met die zin markeerde Eurocommissaris Violeta Bulc in de NederlandseTweede Kamer het belang van transport voor de Europese Unie en haar inwoners. We lichten één en ander toe over wat aan bod kwam: hete hangijzers in het transportbeleid, de obstakels die één Europese markt voor transport nog in de weg staan en het gelijk speelveld op mondiaal niveau, een verslag.

Bron: OTM - Willem Buitenkamp - 14/01/16OTM logistiek global logistics emmissions council

In combinatie met de Algemene Vergadering van ESC werden begin december ook de vergaderingen van een aantal modal councils in Antwerpen gehouden. In deze modal councils komen specifieke lobbyonderwerpen die binnen het werkveld van zo’n council liggen, aan de orde. OTM neemt deel aan deze vergaderingen en OTM-leden kunnen ten allen tijde relevante onderwerpen aanbrengen.

Karamitsos 1Bron: ESC - Peter Wolters - 12/01/16

Onlangs was één van de medewerkers van het European Shippers’ Council ‘ Dhr. Peter Wolters / Sustainability Business Development Manager’ op bezoek bij DG MOVE en had daar de mogelijkheid om interessante vragen te stellen. Hier alvast het interview:

EuropeanShippersCouncilBron: OTM - Willem Buitenkamp - 15/01/16

Op 1 december kwamen de leden van het European Shippers’ Council (ESC), waaronder OTM, in Antwerpen bijeen voor een algemene vergadering. Het is gebruikelijk dat deze vergadering twee keer per jaar plaats vindt en naast de bespreking over hetgeen in de afgelopen periode op lobbygebied is verricht en welke resultaten daarbij voor de verladende wereld zijn behaald, worden onder meer toekomstige plannen en projecten besproken.

Source: ESC - Nik Delmeire - 29/10/15

*RAIL:            ESC sends open letter on Fourth Railway Package
*MARITIME:    Shippers’ forum on container transport
                      SECA Seminar at Barcelona Port
*TRADE:         At the Hague, Dutch shippers argue for e-documents
                      EVO hammers digitalization for Dutch EU presidency

MTC webinar -  Weighing of containers

In International Maritime Organization, discussions are over with this topic, everything is now at national and regional level. Policy manager reminds that the regulation must be implemented for the 1st July 2016.
Discussion around the position of ECSA (ship owner organization) about potential guidelines on time when VGM (verified gross weight) should be declared has developed. It appears that this should be covered by commercial agreement only and that we should avoid having any firm deadline from ship owner lobby.

Source: ESC - October 1th 2015

Table of contents

  • Inland: ESC- more coherent urban goods shipping
  • Rail: ESC and CLECAT: capacity allocation for rail freight
  • Air: September boost won’t last, worry gloomy air pundits
  • Trade:  
    • German doubts on trade breakthrough this year
    • Union Customs Code still not finalized
  • Maritime:
    • India, U.S., Japan to act on maritime security together
    • EU Commissioner defends major container alliances
    • Shippers’ forum on container transport

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De nieuwe Brussels Update van ESC is uit.
Via de link kunt u de onderwerpen lezen die op de website van het European Shippers' Council (onder gebruikersnaam en wachtwoord) te lezen zijn en daarnaast neemt de link u mee naar een aantal actuele items die voor iedereen toegankelijk zijn.

Lees meer: ESC Brussels Update February 2014

De nieuwe Brussels Update van ESC is uit.
Via de link kunt u de onderwerpen lezen die op de website van European Shippers' Council (onder gebruikersnaam en wachtwoord) te lezen zijn en daarnaast neemt de link u mee naar een aantal actuele items die voor iedereen toegankelijk zijn.

ESC BrusselsUpdate

DECEMBER 2013

Table of contents

• Single Wagon Load – a stakeholder seminar held on 15/11/2013
• 1st ESSF Meeting
• Letter to the TRAN Committee
• P3 will kill off smaller players
• EU sees making rate hikes public as tacit anti-competitive collusion
• Joint Statement ASM/ESC – Thailand 24 November 2013
• World's largest shippers' organisations unite further
• 8 carriers cut Far East-WCSA capacity 20pc merging joint loops in winter
• Asian Shippers Council fears the worst from the P3 tie-up
• FMC invites comments on P3 Network
• Valencia stevedores accused of being overpaid
• Federal Maritime Commission invites more P3 comments
• CI poll shows shippers expect P3 will mean better service, stable pricing
• Regulation on the MRV of CO2 emissions from maritime transport
• New EMS Brochure
• Port of Los Angeles offers incentive to shippers
• P3 says it will deploy 19,200-TEUers in US trades within a decade
• P3 to eschew slow steaming, keep rivals on toes
• Maersk four rate rises fail to spread as demand falls
• CMA CGM and SAP to develop 'first IT system for container shipping'
• China Shipowners Association: P3 massive scale risks unfair competition
• Transport of empty containers a thing of the past
• Slow steaming absorbs 1.27 million TEU excess capacity in October
• P3 plans to add only modest capacity to key trade lanes
• P3 leaves door open for competitors
• P3 membership in legal non-EU cartels said to imply illegal behaviour
• Box weigh-ins needed, but no one technical solution fits all

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Inside this ISSUE:

             FMC Chairman Calls for Global Regulatory Summit on P3 Alliance

             Draft opinion of TRAN on MRV

             P3 alliance winners and losers

             Transplace expands shipper program for truck co-loading

             P3 awaits regulatory approval to become the world’s largest alliance

             P3 to announce network details soon

             Analyst warns P3, general overcapacity could spark rate war

             Touchy debate continues on container weights, control, enforcement

             BIFA supports IMO container weighing decision

             TT Club considers container weighing options

             Maersk Line sees shipping overcapacity lingering for five more years

             P3: more ports, less terminals?

             Drewry: sailing cancellations to increase due to P3 wait

             Asian shippers attack compulsory box weighing

             Video: ESC Golden Jubilee Cocktail Party

             ASC rejects IMO mandatory verification of gross weight of containers

             BIFA relieved by lengthy process to bring about box weigh-ins

             Carriers, dockers like box weigh-ins, but shippers see costs, no benefit

             Slow Steaming Better than Eco-ship, Says Clarkson Research

             Mandatory Verification of Container Weights Increases Safety

             IMO ‘intermediary’ decision in favour as expected

             Paving the way to motorways of the sea

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Inside this ISSUE:

  • ESC secures special offer for its members
  • Asian Shippers Council quits GSF for diluting its vote
  • IMO proposal on Safety of containers at sea to hamper flows of goods in global supply chain without addressing the root causes
  • Asian and European Shippers call for rejection of the present IMO proposals
  • Inputs by shippers disregarded in mandatory weighing compromise to be reached in IMO
  • Mandatory Container Weighing: Coalition Opposes Draft IMO Rule
  • The IMO is discussing a draft amendment that will make mandatory a certified process for the verification of the weight of every loaded container.
  • Asian shippers reject forced box weigh-ins, costs/benefits don’t add up
  • Maritime Transport Council
  • EMS Cross-Border: let subsidiarity and innovation prevail!
  • Rates off 10pc on A-E
  • Major carriers announce rate increases for September and October
  • Asia, Europe shippers reject IMO plans on container weighing
  • ITF urges action over container weights
  • UIRR promotes ILU Code and requests ESC support
  • Container Weight Proposal Ineffective
  • Intermodal Europe, shippers’ corner
  • Shippers’ pannel during Intermodal Europe 2013
  • Finnish industry wants tax breaks to compensate sulphur directive
  • P3 Alliances Promises Work for “the Common Good”
  • A burning issue: boxship fires and overweight containers
  • GRI on Asia/Europe trade unsuccessful
  • BIMCO calls on IMO to approve mandate container weight verification
  • Shipping industry urges Imo to act on container weight verification
  • Why size matters
  • MSC’s move to all in rates an ominous sign for carriers?
  • All-water routes fail to bring high volumes to US east coast as forecast
  • Hapag-Lloyd to levy ‘Elsewhere Handling’ US$100 fee in South Africa
  • World fleet of idle vessels sinks to lowest level since October 2011
  • No-shows still a problem for box lines
  • Asia-Europe rate slides to US$1,334/TEU – Transpac slips to $1,942/FEU
  • P3 cost-focused like other alliances, difference is scale
  • Commoditizing the transport of freight
  • Shippers up in arms as air cargo carriers shift the goalposts on fuel surcharges
  • Avoid New York-New Jersey for delays, Hapag-Lloyd advises shippers
  • CSCL, Zim enhance Asia-Europe service with new calls, adds bigger ships
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Section 1 – REGULATORS

1.1. The European Council reached agreement on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)//the way
ahead//Parliament ready to negotiate
1.2. Statement by Vice President Kallas following ECJ rulings (Spain, Hungary,Germany, Austria)
1.3. Antitrust: Commission decides not to prolong maritime transport antitrust guidelines
1.4. Electoral period for next European Parliament to be advanced
1.5. Competitiveness Council – 18-19 February 2013 (abstract of topics of interest to ESC)
1.6. Statement by Commissioner Poto?nik following the Resource Efficiency Finance roundtable
1.7. Project for a new container terminal in the Port of Rotterdam receives EU support
1.8. EU co-financing to help improve connections to the Port of Hamburg
1.9. Guidelines for deployment of urban ITS now published
1.10. Stop large retailers' abuse
1.11. Barcelona's port and road transport associations fined €20.46m over price-fixing cartel scam
1.12 ECJ rules on rail infrastructure cases ECJ rules on rail infrastructure cases - Court says that Spain
and Hungary did break the rules, but Austria and Germany did not.
1.13 Parliament weakens draft limits on vehicle noise - Centre-right MEPs get their way on noise limits.
1.14 Commission blocks Ryanair's takeover of Aer Lingus - Ryanair says it will appeal against the decision,
which it describes as “political”.

Section 2 – BUSINESS

2.1 CO2 emissions// no impact in contract negotiations carriers-shippers
2.2 December 2012 compared with November 2012 Industrial producer prices down by 0.2% in both euro
area and EU27
2.3 US shippers ask FMC to scrutinise transpacific merger plan - NITL demands due diligence on move to
unite carrier groups
2.4 Box price indices increasingly used in flexible long-term contracts talks
2.5 G6 expands alliance to transpacific box trades - Lines will share capacity across 50 ships on Asia-east
coast North America routes
2.6 Hanjin Shipping ranked most reliable carrier
2.7 OOCL declares Asia-Europe rate hike - Rise of $700 per teu scheduled for March 15
2.8 Maersk suspends AE-9 - Maersk Line has suspended its Asia-North Europe AE-9 loop less than two
months after reactivating the service as load factors for carriers continue to disappoint.
2.9 Shipping lines cut capacity and up rates as Asia-Europe stays weak
2.10 Idle fleet increases from 739,000 TEU to 804,000 TEU within a week
2.11 Russia antitrust probe targets at least 12 box lines
Russia’s antitrust investigators have raided the offices of at least a dozen of the world’s largest container lines
in a move reminiscent of action by Brussels nearly two years ago.
2.12 ILWU dock clerks sign off on contract with LA-Long Beach employers
2.13 Container Throughput Index: Global box volume rises 2.3pc in January

Section 3 – ESC – EUROPEAN SHIPPERS' COUNCIL

3.1ESC published the Inland Transport Market Outlook 2012 : request your copy
3.2ESC Position on the 4th Railway Package published
3.3ESC participated in the CER/UNIFE Awards annual reception
3.4ESC position on Cabotage published on 7/2/2013
3.5ESC signs joint press release on ‘Rail Sector publishes high level vision of rail transport in 2050’ on
28/2/2013
3.6ESC press release : More Effort is needed to make rail freight really attractive (21/2/013)
3.7ESC Welcomes the European Commission’s Decision not to Prolong the Maritime Transport Services
Antitrust Guidelines (ESC press release)
3.8eFreight consultation and stakeholder workshop

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

 

EUROFER rejoins ESC. see 3.1

Two New European associations join ESC: AIM and ETSA. see 3.2 ;

4th Railway package published on 30/1/2013 see1.1

Sulphur Directive Adopted- see1.4.

 

Section 1 - Regulators:

1.1. European Railways at a junction: the Commission adopts Proposals for a Fourth Railway Package – Brussels 30/1/2013

1.2. Ports’ policy review: a summary of the stakeholder positions;

1.3. Maritime piracy: strengthening the EU response - 24 January 2013;

1.4. Environment: New rules on cleaner fuels for shipping will deliver benefits for people's health;

1.5. LNG for the maritime sector closer to reality thanks to EU supported project;

1.6. EVENTS.

Section 2 – Business:

2.0 Box lines step up war on unsafe cargo practices;

2.1 Canada freight transport market: New market research published;

2.2 2012 marks ongoing box slump in volumes in Asia-Europe container trade;

2.3 New joint initiative on container safety;

2.4 Glimmers of hope for rates on key Asia-Europe box trades;

2.5 Ports, liners push weighing of loaded boxes;

2.6 Lower speeds boost box schedule reliability, say top shippers;

2.7 Slow and steady for shipping;

2.8 Brussels maintains its reform of the rail against Paris and Berlin;

2.9 EVENTS.

Section 3 – European Shippers’ Council (ESC):

3.1 EUROFER, the European Steel Association, has re-joined ESC;

3.2 Two new European Associations join ESC in 2013: Welcome!

3.3 NEWS from the MODAL COUNCILS

3.3.1 Inland Transport Council (Road and Inland Navigation): i. Stakeholder Meeting about Cabotage, January 17, 2013; ii. Land

Transport Security Expert Meeting; iii. ESC attended two Inland Waterways Expert Meetings; iv. ESC participated in Conference on

Fair and Efficient Road Pricing.

3.3.1 Inland Transport Council (Road and Inland Navigation): i Ports’ Policy Review – Hearing January 18, 2013; ii UASC joins ESC on

Weighing of containers debat

3.4 ESC Press Releases;

3.5 News from ESC National Councils;

3.6 EVENTS.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Section 1 – Regulators:

1.1. Sulphur Directive Adopted by the Council (see also 3.8);
1.2. Council agrees its position on new rules for the airport slots allocation;
1.3. November infringements package: main decisions by the European Commission on Transport;
1.4. The 2013 budget should support growth and jobs, according to MEPs ;
1.5. Commission seeks formal eplanations from Spain on changes to airport charges;
1.6. New portal on Trans-European Network with dynamic maps;
1.7. Transport infrastructure: Commission releases over €1.2 billion to fund key TEN-T projects;
1.8. Safer vehicles through international harmonization;
1.9. Single European Sky:
1.10. MEPs oppose liberalisation of ground services at airports;
1.11. Stopping the clock of ETS and aviation emissions following las week ICAO council;
1.12. EVENTS.

Section 2 – Business:

2.1 Freight rates slip again – which could cost Maersk some $1.8bn;
2.2 Record high for liner schedule integrity;
2.3 Asia-Europe GRI lost as spot rates tumble;
2.4 Box lines aim for Pacific cost cuts;
2.5 Latest IMO developments – MEPC 64 highlights
2.6 MSC increased rates for reefer containers
2.7 Brazil as a major commodities exporter
2.8 Unipec among trio of charterers choosing green
2.9 Shipping made easier with eBIS;
2.10 OECD Statistics Brief - October 2012: Global Freight Volumes Suggest Continuous Uncertainty
2.11 Special rolling stock: system costs are 30% to 40% higher compared to the UCT standard
2.12 Swissport senior reshuffle
2.13 Airfreight drives IAG widebody link

Section 3 – European Shippers’ Council (ESC):

3.1 New Member from SPAIN – Brief message of the President of TRANSPRIME to ESC Members;
3.2 ESC delegation meets Mr Hololei, Head of Cabinet of Vice-President of the Commission in charge of Transport;
3.3 ESC PRESS RELEASES: i. Sulphur content rules will have a deep impact on Shippers (Sweco report) ii. Asian Shippers and ESC
meet in Jakarta and agree to increase cooperation;
3.4 ESC Chairman meets MAI President in Brussels;
3.5 ESC/UIRR Secretary Generals met to renew alliance and identify new areas of cooperation;
3.6 ESC Article for the Journal of Commerce by the Secretary General (November 2012);
3.7 ESC meeting AIM for potential cooperation;
3.8 NEWS from the MODAL COUNCILS
3.8.1 Trade Facilitation: i. Blue Belt; ii. Reporting Directive; iii. Turkey.
3.8.2 Air Transport Council: i. EC Legislative Proposal; ii. JOINT LETTER ESC/CLECAT on Comments in response to the new
implementing legislation on third country cargo (19/11/2012);
3.8.3 Rail Transport Council: i. Decrease in European rail freight; ii. Recast of First Railway Package approved by European transport
ministers; iii. Shippers need a Fourth Railway Package with the right policy and actions.
3.8.4 Inland Transport Council (Road and Inland Navigation): i. Cabotage; ii. ESC attended a meeting about emissions reduction in
inland waterway transport fleet;
3.8.5 Maritime Transport Council: i. ESC urges for innovation in supply chain communication.
3.9 EVENTS.

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Section 1 – Regulators:

1.1. Sulphur Content of Marine Fuels: Member State Ambassadors to Discuss Proposal on 26 October;
1.2. Review of Regulation 1072/2009 on access to the international road haulage market;
1.3. Inland waterways and nature protection: New guidelines;
1.4. BEPA Conference on CEF –Connceting European Facility;
1.5. COMMISSION WORK PROGRAMME 2013: CONCRETE ACTIONS FOR GROWTH;
1.6. EVENTS.

Section 2 – Business:

2.1 SWECO Report on the Consequences of the Sulphur Directive;
2.2 Remarks of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise to the Sweco-report;
2.3 MJC² won the Containerisation International Award for IT Innovation;
2.4 Evergreen will wait for market recovery before boosting capacity;
2.5 Getting to grips with overweight boxes;
2.6 Maersk capacity cuts are ‘step in right direction’;
2.7 Report by Boston Consulting Group: Container Ships must alter course for profitability;
2.8 Container Ship Staking Weight Modification Allows More Cargo;
2.9 Containership deliveries top 1m TEU;
2.10 CMA CGM raises $250 million in fresh capital;
2.11 The art of war;
2.12 Fresh cuts mean Maersk axes one-fifth of Asia-Europe capacity;
2.13 Market recovery pushed back another year;
2.14 Antwerp targets more boxes on Asia-Europe trade lanes;
2.15 MSC rules out newbuildings until world economy picks up;
2.16 EVENTS

Section 3 – European Shippers’ Council (ESC):

3.1 ESC welcomes new Member MAI – Israel, one of the ESC founding members, has rejoined.
3.2 CPC/ESC workshop in Lisbon a great success
3.3 ESC joined Cefic in IMO debate on container weights
3.4 ESC supports a shippers’ survey under The Cassandra Project;
3.5 ESC supports a across sector declaration on Centralised Clearance: EU Business Calls for Real Action;
3.6 ESC supports Commission’s strategy to supportCEF budget campaign//Please SIGN the Declaration;
3.7 ESC pleased to annound major step forward from Green Freight Europe project;
3.8 ESC comment at the SWECO Report;
3.9 ESC promotes a workshop under the Cassandra project (see also 3.4);
3.10 ESC presence at Med Freight conference – short report
3.11 EVENTS.

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Section 1 – Regulators:

1.1. Barroso – ‘’No reinterpretation of EU Law for megatrucks’’;
1.2. ‘’A vital resource: Europe’s ports face winds of change’’, Conference on European Ports Policy, Brussels,
September 25, 2012 (Speech by Commissioner Siim Kallas);
1.3. ‘’The last mile towards the 4th Railway Package’’, Brussels, September 24, 2012 (Speech by Commissioner Siim
Kallas);
1.4. Joint Statement by Vice-President of the European Commission Siim Kallas and EU Commissioner for Climate
Action Connie Hedegaard;
1.5. Inland Navigation Expert Group;
1.6. Report of the High Level Group on the Development of a single European Transport Area;
1.7. EVENTS.

Section 2 – Business:

2.1 Centralised Customs Clearance within the EU – A Business Perspective;
2.2 IATA Survey;
2.3 Check box weights in the terminal, says Bromma;
2.4 Scandlines "Zero Emission" project for the Fehmarn Belt route;
2.5 Kuehne+Nagel agrees to $28 million price-fixing penalty;
2.6 State of Alaska v. Hillary Rodham Clinton;
2.7 Brussels ditches regional CO2 reduction for shipping;
2.8 MOL Receives EVO’s Top Award for Container Service (The Netherlands);
2.9 Cut capacity if you want rate hikes, lines told;
2.10 Living with low-sulphur rules;
2.11 Finland budgets €30M for ship sulphur scrubbers;
2.12 Exclusive: US Complaint behind car carrier antitrust probe;
2.13 Blazing a trail. Daily Maersk has brought a new level of accountability to liner shipping;
2.14 Idled boxfleet set to grow as liners go for the GRI burn;
2.15 Insurers push for box verification in wake of MSC Flaminia;
2.16 Ballast water to dominate MEPC database on market-based measures;
2.17 Container shipments from Asia to Europe unprofitable due to fuel cost;
2.18 Events

Section 3 – European Shippers’ Council (ESC):

3.1 ESC welcomes Ferrero GROUP as new Corporate Member;
3.2 New strategy for the European Commission on CO² reductions in shipping (Joint Statement by Vice-President
of the European Commission Siim Kallas and EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard);
3.3 DG TAXUD - Your contribution to the Study on the Evaluation of the Customs Union;
3.4 Drewry Maritime Research offer to ESC getting free access to the monthly Drewry publication;
3.5 Joint ESC/CLECAT Letter on proposal on recording ;
3.6 ESC invited to join a workshop on access to international road haulage market;
3.7 European Ports Policy Conference;
3.8 ESC Survey RESULTS on the functioning of ports in Europe;
3.9 Weighing of containers – ESC has attended IMO meeting;
3.10 ESC Survey RESULTS on weighing of containers in Europe;
3.11 Interoperability is a painful process – ESC Chairman met with the ERA Executive Director;
3.12 ESC participates in a lunch organised by EMS Forum in the European Parliament.
3.13 EVENTS.

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ESC Brussels Update includes the following news issues:

Section 1 – Regulators:

1.1. High Level Group on Logistics;

1.2. Ports Policy Review: EC Stakeholder’s consultation and the importance of ports

for economic recovery and jobs;

1.3. Maritime Antitrust Guidelines public consultation;

1.4. Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of

TNT by UPS;

1.5. VAT: Commission proposes new instrument for speedy response to fraud;

1.6. European Commission starts internal study AEO-KC;

1.7. €65 million in EU Funding available for environmentally-friendly freight projects –

Marco Polo Programme;

1.8. EVENTS

Section 2 – Business:

2.1 Tax on Heavy Duty Vehicles (France);

2.2 Alaska government suit against USA federal government;

2.3 Weighting of containers (Explosion of MSC Flaminia);

2.4 RWI/ISL Container Throughput Index Slightly Down in June;

2.5 Illicit arms traders step up their use of containers;

2.6 EVENTS

Section 3 – European Shippers’ Council (ESC):

3.1 Ports Policy Review: EC Stakeholder’s consultation: members to provide inputs by

16th August 2012;

3.2 Drewry Maritime Research offer to ESC getting free access to the monthly Drewry

publication;

3.3 ESC Trade Facilitation Council: Members to Nominate their Representatives;

3.4 Security in Third Countries;

3.5 ESC in active discussion with the European Commission about the merger of TNT

and UPS ;

3.6 Surcharges;

3.7 Maritime Antitrust Guidelines public consultation, ESC’s position;

3.8 ESC calls for a thorough investigation in the case of MSC Flaminia;

3.9 ESC writes to IMO Secretary General: Weighing of containers – Role of the

Shippers // Request to contribute;

3.10 South African Shippers’ Council has joined the ESC position on the debate of

Weighing of Containers;

3.11 Modal Councils’ contacts;

3.12 EVENTS.

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Brussels Update juni 2012

ESC Brussels Update includes the following news issues:

Section 1 — Regulators (European Commission; European Parliament; European Council):

1.1. “Wisemen” Report of the High Level Group on the Development of the EU Road Haulage Market

1.2. EMS: Commissioner for Transport Kallas vs. Chairman TRAN Committee Brian Simpson

1.3. Gigaliners: Opponents say Kallas acted illegally (Europolitics 18 June 2012)

1.4. Stakeholders’ meeting concerning results of the Public internet consultation on GHG policy on HDVs

1.5. EU divided over single liberal-ised railway system

1.6. Events

Section 2 — Business

2.1. Idle container fleet down 47%

2.2. Box bookings slow as fixture periods shrink - New fixtures have been con-centrated in the market segment above 4,000 teu, say brokers

2.3. A fragile truce (Lloyd's List article)

2.4. Possibility of another supply glut in container shipping

2.5. Boxlines neutral over moves to ax EU guidelines

2.6. Events

Section 3 – European Shippers’ Council

3.1. Mandatory weighing of containers is a false remedy

3.2. ESC analyses the legality of the Commission’s decision to open the European Modular Systems to cross-border journeys for gigaliners

3.3. ESC agrees to promote short-sea shipping

Shipper’s view on container safety

3.4. Transport Infrastructure budget: 32 billion euro initiative

3.5. ESC joined other stakeholders in an open letter sent to the European Parliament with an appeal to prolong the timeframe of the Sulphur Directive from 2015 to 2020

3.6. Modal Councils’ meetings and contacts

3.7. Events

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