Press releases

04 March 2009
Press Release: Joint Prize for Innovation in Transport and Logistics along the Supply Chain
Press release announcing the Joint CLECAT-FIATA-ITF prize to be awardered at the ITF Conference in May Press release for CLECAT-FIATA-ETF Prize
20 February 2009
Press Release: Rail Freight Users support plans for priority rail freight corridors
CLECAT and ESC issue a joint press release on the recent Commission's Proposal for a Regulation concerning a European rail network for competitive freight CLECAT & ESC press release
12 February 2009
Press Release: Results of the vote of the European Parliament's TRAN Committee on Eurovignette III
CLECAT and a group of industry representatives issue a joint press release on the results of the vote of the European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee on Eurovignette III CLECAT & Indutry Representatives' press release
02 February 2009
Press Release: New website shows benefits of longier heavier vehicles
CLECAT and a group of industry representatives issue a joint press release on the creation of a new website that shows benefits of longer heavier vehicles CLECAT & industry representatives' press release
26 January 2009
Transport Achievement Award 2009
At the 2009 International Transport Forum held in Leipzig, Germany, the winner of the prize for “Innovation in Transport and Logistics along the Global Supply Chain” was awarded. The prize was commissioned jointly by CLECAT, FIATA and the ITF. The aim of the project was to recognise innovative logistics initiatives to meet the challenge of supplying efficient and sustainable logistics solutions across the global supply chain, particularly in the current economic context. The winner of the award was Baxter International Inc. The Belgian-based European distribution centre for Baxter International, a global healthcare company, launched an innovative initiative called Transportation of healthcare products by inland navigation in 2007. This initiative was designed to improve speed and reliability, lower transport costs and emissions, and improve overall efficiency of the Baxter distribution centre’s supply chain in the Benelux region.   Through this initiative, Baxter shifted all of its incoming containers from the deep-sea ports of Antwerp-Rotterdam and Zeebrugge away from trucks and onto inland navigation barges. With this container traffic now entirely on the inland waterways, Baxter has decreased its transport costs by 23 percent, while maintaining efficiency through increased reliability – a clear preference for consistently on-time deliveries over speed – virtually no congestion costs, and huge reductions in CO2 emissions.   Website: www.baxter.be/en/about_baxter/sub/distribution.html www.baxter.com            Photo Marco Urban, OECD/ITF The award was presented by (Back row left to right)   Mr Binali Yildirim (President of the ITF, Minister of Transport, Turkey)   Mr Wolfgang Tiefensee (Minister of Transport, Germany)   Mr Etienne Schouppe (Secretary of State for Transport, Belgium)   Mr Jean-Claude Delen (Senior Vice-President of FIATA)   Mr Jack Short (Secretary General of ITF)   Mr Heiner Rogge (Secretary General of CLECAT)   Mr Ray La Hood (Secretary of Transportation, USA)   Mr Ron Widdows (CEO, Neptune Orient Lines)   And the award was accepted by Mr Menedeme and Mr Scollaerts on behalf of Baxter International Inc.   The jury also awarded a special mention to APL Logistics, a unit of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd, for the achievements obtained in their innovative service from the Far East to North America. The service was designed to create an ocean-based alternative to air freight for shippers from Asia to North America of less-than-container-load (or LCL) cargo. It offers a faster LCL service with day-definite delivery guarantee not offered before to shippers in this geographic zone.  
20 January 2009
Press Release: Study on the European Modular System
CLECAT, ESC, EuroCommerce, EEA & IRU issue a joint press release on the European Commission's publication of a study on the European Modular System CLECAT, ESC, EuroCommerce, EEA & IRU joint press release
02 December 2008
CLECAT speaks at the EP on the Eurovignette
CLECAT had the opportunity to speak at the European Parliament on the Eurovignette. CLECAT Speech by Mr Delen (President of CLECAT)
09 July 2008
Press release: Package on greening transport
CLECAT, ESC and IRU issue a joint press release on the European Commission's package of measures on greening transport. CLECAT, ESC & IRU joint press release
23 May 2008
Press release: upcoming Eurovignette Directive
With the publication of the proposal for a revision of the Eurovignette Directive being imminent, CLECAT restates its key points on the issue of internalisation of external costs in transport. With great expectations come great responsibilities
08 January 2008
MIF New Year's statement
The Transport Group of the Maritime Industries Forum (www.mif-eu.org), of which CLECAT is an active member, has published a New Year's statement on the need for new transport infrastructure in order for Europe to cope with the expected increase in traffic. MIF New Year's statement