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Newsletters | 24 September 2021
CLECAT Newsletter 2021/36
Newsletters | 24 September 2021
EU AND CANADA CELEBRATE FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF CETA
The 21st of September marked the fourth anniversary of the provisional implementation of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The Commission reports that since CETA entered into force, total trade flows between the EU and Canada witnessed an increase of 15.3% for goods despite the pandemic. Similarly, trade in agricultural goods increased by 34.7%.
Newsletters | 24 September 2021
WISE PERSONS GROUP TO REFLECT ON FUTURE CUSTOMS UNION
On 17 September, the European Commission announced that it has created a new ‘Wise Persons Group on Challenges facing the Customs Union’, tasked with identifying innovative solutions for the most pressing challenges of the EU Customs Union.
Newsletters | 24 September 2021
STATE OF PLAY OF EU TRADE POLICY
On 23 September, the European Commission's Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis met with EU civil society to present latest developments in EU’s external trade policy, with a particular focus on trade and sustainability, WTO reform, bilateral relations and enforcement.
Newsletters | 24 September 2021
COMMISSION PROPOSES NEW EU GSP SCHEME
On 22 September, the European Commission adopted the legislative proposal for the new EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) for the period 2024-2034. The Commission is proposing to improve some of the key features of the scheme to better respond to the evolving needs and challenges of GSP countries as well as reinforce the scheme's social, labour environmental and climate dimension.
Newsletters | 24 September 2021
€7 BILLION CALL FOR KEY TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
A call for proposals launched by the European Commission and CINEA on 16 September under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) makes €7 billion available for projects targeting new, upgraded and improved European transport infrastructure. The objective of this call is to provide funding in order to build a more efficient and interconnected multimodal transport system in the EU.
Newsletters | 24 September 2021
EUROPEAN DRIVERS’ CRISIS SET TO DEEPEN NEXT YEAR
The Financial Times reported on 21 September that the crisis affecting European road haulage market is set to deepen next year as wages rise and driver shortages worsen. According to Luis Gomez, president of Europe at XPO Logistics, shortages could disrupt Christmas this year and new EU regulations would put further strains on retailers and producers next year.
Newsletters | 24 September 2021
FRANCE TO HALVE TRACK ACCESS CHARGES
Last week, the French government announced that it will invest €170 million per year until 2024 in the rail freight industry, in view of doubling rail freight transport by 2030. Among other measures, half of the track access charges will be subsidised, meaning that the current 50% reduction will continue to exist beyond 2021. Next to that, €70 million will be invested into isolated wagons, €47 million into the operation of combined transport services, and another €15 million into railway “motorways”.
Newsletters | 24 September 2021
RAIL MODAL SHARE THROUGH THE ALPS HIGHEST IN 25 YEARS
According to a recently published report on transalpine freight transport in H1 2021 by the Swiss Federal Office for Transport (FOT), the share of rail in Transalpine freight traffic has increased to a record high following the opening of the Ceneri base tunnel and the 4-meter corridor. In the first half of 2021, it accounted for 74.4% of the volumes through the Alps, the highest value for a quarter of a century. In total, 15.2% more goods were transported through the Alps than in the first half of 2020 and also more than in the first half of 2019.
Newsletters | 24 September 2021
AIR CARGO VOLUMES AND YIELDS ON ROBUST UPWARD TREND
According to recent figures published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in the cargo chartbook for Q3 2021, industry-wide cargo tonne-kilometres (CTKs) rose by 24.9% in the three months ending in July 2021 compared to the same period in 2019. The upward trend in air cargo volumes continued in the past three months, but seasonally adjusted numbers show the growth has slowed compared to early 2021.