Press releases

15 February 2017
CLECAT welcomes MEPs’ push for global action on shipping emissions
CLECAT, the European association of freight forwarders, transport and customs-related services, has welcomed today’s vote in the European Parliament to tackle emissions from maritime transport. The position adopted by the Parliament on reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) would include shipping emissions in the ETS from 2023 and create a “maritime climate fund” with a share of the proceeds, in the event that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has not adopted a comparable measure.
09 February 2017
CLECAT calls on Member States to recognise the role of International Road Freight Transport as the backbone of the EU economy
Those supporting the proposals of the European Ministers for a ’Road Alliance’, promoting a single road haulage market ensuring social rights and more efficient controls, should know that some of these proposals are counter-productive to the competitiveness of European transport and logistics and would frustrate ambitions to reduce carbon emissions through an efficient transport system. CLECAT calls on governments and policy makers to take a realistic and pragmatic approach at a time when Europe needs to refrain from further protectionism which will ultimately not bring benefits to the European economy and society at large.
15 November 2016
More EU transport budget for the benefit of Europe
30 European transport associations, representing infrastructure managers, operators, local authorities, users and equipment suppliers in the maritime, inland waterways, railways, road, cycling, aviation and intermodal sectors, call on the European Parliament and the Council to approve the initial Commission proposal for the review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework. Nonetheless, the transport sector warns that this cannot be considered sufficient to complete the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T). The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is the financial lifeline of the TEN-T network. From a CEF total budget of 31 billion euros (2.8% of the overall MFF), only EUR 2 billion are left to co-fund transport projects of high European added-value until 2020.
08 September 2016
EU businesses call for customs procedures to focus on economic growth and increased trade
20 July 2016
CLECAT welcomes holistic approach to decarbonising the transport system
CLECAT, the European association for forwarding, transport, logistics and customs services, welcomes the European Commission’s new strategy on the decarbonisation of transport, published on 20 July. Nicolette van der Jagt, CLECAT’s Director General, said: “CLECAT is glad to see the Commission pursuing a holistic approach to decarbonisation of the transport chain, taking into account low-carbon energy use, increased efficiency and innovative, intelligent management of the transport system. “Such a holistic approach should achieve a balance, offering the industry relevant alternatives without imposing a conflicting choice between costs and environmental benefits. It is vital that EU policy-makers and industry find the optimal and most efficient solutions for decarbonising transport, especially in terms of cost/benefit, so as to reduce transport’s climate footprint without harming the freight transport industry.”
21 June 2016
Railway Sector Declaration on Boosting International Rail Freight
On 21 June, the rail sector and its customers, represented by CLECAT, CER, EIM, ERFA, ERTMS Users Group, ESC, UIP, UIRR, and UNIFE, and supported by the Rail Freight Corridors, presented a declaration at the TEN-T Days in Rotterdam, committing themselves to the aim of enhancing the competitiveness of the Rail Freight Corridors for the benefit of all customers, and to improving the quality, reliability and efficiency of transporting goods by rail across Europe.
22 April 2016
CLECAT, ESC, FEPORT and EPSO call for coordination on container weighing
CLECAT, along with the ESC, FEPORT and ESPO, has called on EU Member States to pursue coordinated action for implementing the SOLAS container weighing amendment, particularly with regard to tolerance levels and the certification of shippers approved to issue verified weight certificates.
23 March 2016
Embracing digitalisation in air freight: shippers, freight forwarders and airlines need to move forward jointly
During a debate which took place at the SITL Europe 2016, where TLF, CLECAT, AUTF and ESC jointly organised the 2nd Global Supply Chain Forum, CLECAT has called on airlines to make a general move into upgrading their messaging systems to the Cargo-XML standard.
05 February 2016
CLECAT responds to TRAN vote on Port Services Report
The TRAN Committee adopted, on 25 January, the report by Knut Fleckenstein MEP on the proposed Ports Services Regulation. CLECAT welcomes the simplification of the proposal by the compromise amendments adopted but regrets that the report maintains an exemption for cargo handling. CLECAT also urges MEPs to quickly grant a mandate to negotiate with the Council.
07 December 2015
CLECAT welcomes ambitious and timely EU Aviation Package
CLECAT welcomes the European Commission’s Aviation Package, published on 7 December 2015. The package, which seeks to address the competitiveness of European aviation, is a timely initiative as the European air transport market seeks to adjust to competition from the Middle East and Asia. CLECAT's position paper on the strategy is available here.