Newsletters

13 August 2021
FMC QUESTIONS SHIPPING LINES ABOUT CONTAINER SURCHARGES
On 4 August, the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) launched an expedited inquiry into the timing and legal sufficiency of ocean carrier practices with respect to certain surcharges. Eight companies have until today to provide the Commission’s Bureau of Enforcement (BoE) with details that confirm any surcharges were instituted properly and in accordance with legal and regulatory obligations.
13 August 2021
US CONGRESSMEN INTRODUCE A REFORM TO THE SHIPPING ACT
On 10 August, US Congress representatives John Garamendi (Democrat, California) and Dusty Johnson (Republican, South-Dakota) introduced a bipartisan bill aiming to reform the US Shipping Act to address yearlong complaints against carriers by their customers alleging service failures and unfair pricing.
13 August 2021
MEPS QUESTION UNFAIR PRACTICES IN CONTAINER SHIPPING
On 23 July, MEP Tom Berendsen (EPP, NL), Annie Schreijer-Pierik (EPP, NL) and Henna Virkkunen (EPP, FI) submitted parliamentary questions to the Commission on unfair practices in the container shipping industry.
23 July 2021
CLECAT Newsletter 2021/29
23 July 2021
ALICE PLENARY MEETING
CLECAT joined the Plenary meeting of the European Logistics Platform ALICE at the end of June. The plenary meeting also covered updates about ALICE activities. For example, about the ALICE roadmaps Towards Zero Emissions Logistics by 2020 and To the Physical Internet and their implementation.
23 July 2021
REVISED GB-EU BORDER OPERATING MODEL
Earlier this week, the UK HMRC published an updated version of the GB-EU Border Operating Model. The document has been updated to reflect the new timetables for import controls, information regarding new systems and the procedures required. Case studies have also been developed to represent end-to-end scenarios that will happen between GB and EU.
23 July 2021
SAF GHG EMISSION ACCOUNTING AND INSETTING GUIDELINES
Smart Freight Centre (SFC) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) have developed guidelines for insetting in air transportation value chains to facilitate the use of more SAF and help decarbonize the sector.
23 July 2021
HELPING EUROPE GET "FIT FOR 55"
A new paper of the International Transport Forum summarises the findings of the project "Decarbonising Transport in Europe", which modelled transport activity and provided detailed quantitative evidence on the actual impact of CO2 mitigation measures.
23 July 2021
T&E: EU PUSH TO GREEN SHIPPING IS POSITIVE BUT RISKS LOCKING IN FOSSIL GAS
Transport and Environment (T&E) welcomed the proposals to extend the EU emissions trading system to shipping and, for the first time, to tax shipping companies for part of the fossil fuel they purchase. The sector has escaped taxation for decades and was even exempted from the recent global minimum corporate tax requirements agreed by world leaders.
23 July 2021
NEW COVID-RELATED RESTRICTIONS
As the delta variant of the coronavirus spreads throughout Europe, countries are starting to apply restrictions for travellers entering their borders. Contrary to former practises and the European Union’s recommendation, lorry drivers are not being made exempt from covid-related restrictions when entering Romania, Slovenia, Lithuania and Latvia.