Joint industry statement – CLIA Europe, EBA, ECASBA, ECSA, EMPA, ETA, ETF, EuDA, Interferry, WSC

on Wednesday, 01 March 2017. Posted in Petrospot News

The European shipping industry, represented by the signatories to this statement issued on the occasion of European Shipping Week 2017, welcomes the European Commission’s mid-term review of the EU Maritime Transport Strategy 2009-2018.

The industry endorses the emphasis on better regulation. Absolute priority must in this respect be given to a fundamental overhaul of the EU Reporting Formalities’ Directive. The revision should lead to a true European single window environment for maritime carriers that fully ensures the ‘reporting once’ principle and which shares all necessary cargo and conveyance data between governments and all relevant authorities. This would reduce the administrative burden for ship crews, shipping companies and ship agents. More simplifications of procedures and requirements are, however, needed to put shipping on an equal par with land-based transport modes, which already benefit from a Single Market. Europe’s commerce and economy need shipping to have a genuine Maritime Space without Barriers that will deliver real environmental and logistics benefits.

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