Press releases

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.
23 November 2015
Press Release - Freight Forwarders Forum 2015: Driving the Maritime Supply Chain Forward
Organised at the Port of Antwerp, CLECAT, the European Association for forwarding, transport, logistics and customs services, held its 15th annual event on 19 November. Under the theme ‘Driving the Maritime Supply Chain Forward’, a range of questions were debated, covering strategic and operational challenges for the evolving maritime supply chain.
27 October 2015
Joint Open Letter ahead of Trilogues on 4th Railway Package
On 26 October, CLECAT, ERFA, EPTTOLA, EPF, ESC, and T&E issued a joint Open Letter urging for a growth and customer-orientated management of the rail infrastructure, a full financial transparency and sustainability of the rail system, and more cooperation and coordination in the rail sector.
27 October 2015
CLECAT welcomes steps to simplify Port Services proposal but calls for scope to be broadened
On 12 October the TRAN Committee discussed proposed amendments to the report on the proposal for a Regulation on Market access to port services and financial transparency of ports. CLECAT continues to regret that the scope of the Regulation has been reduced drastically.
16 October 2015
Freight Stakeholders call for open dialogue on wagonload services
CEFIC, CEPI, CER, CLECAT, EFIP, ESC, ESPO and UIP have issued a joint position on wagonload transport which has been sent to the European Commission. The associations recall the urgency of taking action to prevent wagonload services from further decline. While market-driven solutions are crucial, policy intervention and support is also needed.