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The Freight Forwarder: engine of Europe European Union & Logistics experience Clecat Secretariat for the Feteia Conference – Sevilla, May 12th 2006 CONTENTS CLECAT: Your Voice in Brussels – Structure and operations – Clecat strength in numbers The role of freight forwarders in EU trade – Logistics in numbers – Policy of growth and jobs – Do not disturb the bees!! Law building in Brussels – Regulatory environment – The Customs Conclusions CLECAT ESSENTIALS FOUNDED IN 1958, now an INPA in Brussels – Clecat is a branded trademark 30 members: NATIONAL FEDERATIONS – Freight Forwarders & Logistic service providers national federations and confederations – Customs Agents national federations – Full, associated, observer and related Members COMPANIES – Global players – SME and regional operators – Family businesses NUMBERS – Over 19.000 companies – Over 1 million direct FTE’s – Clecat covers almost entire EU & European continent CLECAT – what is it made of? CLECAT own mission Informing Members of existing and upcoming legislation in the EU Being Forum for discussion among the Members, with the aim of – Adopting common European views in our sector – Defending common views at EU level – Promoting the sector vis-à-vis the EU institutions. Within our sector: – Acting as Regional Committee of FIATA MEN AT WORK POLICY MAKING BODIES – Institutes and Committees – 4 institutes: CITI, ETLI, MALI, SI – 4 committees: air, maritime, road and rail – Ad hoc working groups: AEO, Port Services, AISWG, etc. The Board – President, Secretary General, Treasurer, chairpersons and two elected Members – Involvement and commitment, as established in a new policy statement – Represents all “souls” in our sector The Secretariat, a slim structure...... 2005, more & more reports 28 EU institutions high level meetings 308 CIRCULARS 15 APPROVED AGENDAS 125 OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE 3 PUBLIC INTERVIEWS to the Secretariat 36 NEWSLETTERS & Chronicles 18 POSITION PAPERS 12 PRESS RELEASES 97 OFFICIAL REPORTS 4 VOTING RECOMMENDATIONS 5 OFFICIAL SURVEYS CONTENTS CLECAT: Your Voice in Brussels – Structure and operations – Clecat strength in numbers The role of freight forwarders in EU trade – Logistics in numbers – Policy of growth and jobs – Do not disturb the bees!! Law building in Brussels – Regulatory environment – The Customs Conclusions Who’s doing what? European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistic and Customs Services, this is what we do: "Freight Forwarding and Logistic Services means services of any kind relating to the carriage (performed by single mode or multimodal transport means), consolidation, storage, handling, packing or distribution of the goods as well as ancillary and advisory services in connection therewith, including but not limited to customs and fiscal matters, declaring the goods for official purposes, procuring insurance of the goods and collecting or procuring payment or documents relating to the goods. Freight Forwarding Services also include logistical services with modern information and communication technology in connection with the carriage, handling or storage of the goods, and de facto total supply chain management. These services can be tailored to meet the flexible application of the services provided.” Managing the Supply Chain LOGISTICS as TRADE FACILITATOR for SME’s: – SME’s constitute main EU production and trade – SME’s employ more than 50% of the labour force in the EU (source: ECB) – 2001 Euro-Case study says SME’s use logistics services in 30% of their activity, with these preferences: Responsibility for supply chain Shippers preferences management In-house logistics departments 36% Third party logistics managers 13% Freight forwarders 12% Carriers 23% Combination 16% CHEMICALS, for instance Chemicals SMEs are strongly involved in the process of internationalisation (source: DG ENTERPRISE) Export figures (not different from industry-wide totals) – 85% of chemical SMEs export, – 67% more than 20% of their output – 31% export more than 40%. – 58% of companies also export outside the EU. SMEs are involved in the globalisation of markets to the same extent as large chemical groups. Main problems & export-related complaints: – difficulty in finding suitable partners (31%), – logistics and transport costs (25%), – existence of trade barriers (20%) The value of logistics Consultation with stakeholders on April 25th: Importance of Transport Logistics – Logistics costs = 10-15% of final product costs (transport, warehousing, inventory holding) – Global logistics industry = USD 6,7 trillion/year or 13,8% of global GDP – European logistics expenditure = USD 1,2 trillion/year or 13,3% of GDP DG TREN’s TRENDS What the world needs now is .....logistics Our sector has a steady growth trend around 5% a year all over the EU 2001 numbers have been steadily growing and the freight forwarders’ share has been increasing noticeably EU logistics is world leader (Consultation on logistics, April 25th 2006) Do not disturb the bees!!!! – Clecat Press Release......... CONTENTS CLECAT: Your Voice in Brussels – Structure and operations – Clecat strength in numbers The role of freight forwarders in EU trade – Logistics in numbers – Policy of growth and jobs – Do not disturb the bees!! Law building in Brussels – Regulatory environment – The Customs Conclusions LOBBYING EU INSTITUTIONS EU legislation in progress is Clecat core business Challenges in lobbying: When speaking as industry, EU-wide representation is paramount to be heard Direct access for national federations is more difficult in an enlarged 25MS-EU EU level repute need skilful approach and technical competence Clecat & co-decision system: – Commission, EU Parliament, Council and other high level institutions in Brussels The co-decision procedure European Commission proposal EP Committee: - Rapporteur appointed European Parliament - Voting First Reading Commission may issue an Voting in Plenary Session amended proposal Council Preparation in Working Parties First Reading European Parliament Proposal adopted, procedure ends Second Reading Common position amended: back to Council Council EP amendments adopted: procedure ends Second Reading EP amendments rejected: conciliation Conciliation Committee Council and Parliament adopt joint text: procedure ends drafts a joint text Council and-or Parliament reject joint text: procedure ends THE MENU GO, GO, GONE........ – Enlargement + 10 – Port Services and Port Security – Rail liberalisation and quality – White Paper, decoupling and modal shift – Eurovignette ONGOING NOW – White Paper 2010 – measuring the impact half way, changing direction? – Infrastructure charging, transparency and non- discrimination – Supply Chain Security Regulation – Aviation Security - SAGAS – Modernisation of Customs Code & e-customs – Consultation on Logistics Is intermodality the right answer to mobility problems? Contractual provisions and intermodal liability Customs reform & us Legal framework: revision of the CC in two stages – « security amendment » to the CC Regulation adopted Preliminary draft implementing rules on the table – « modernisation » of the CC Adoption Commission proposal very soon Implementing rules being discussed Operational and technical framework: – eCustoms Multi-annual strategic plan Adoption Council Decision is imminent PAN-EU REPRESENTATIVES ACCREDITAITON Summary of activities CLECAT published a summary report: – Activity Report December 2005 - April 2006 SPEAKING UP OUR IDEAS POSITION PAPERS – Review of the White Paper, Clecat Position VOTING RECOMMENDATIONS – Eurovignette, Voting Recommendation FREIGHT FORWARDING AND THE CUSTOMS SERVICE INDUSTRY FOCUS – Accreditation of Customs Representatives THE PRESS – something in the air? CONTENTS CLECAT: Your Voice in Brussels – Structure and operations – Clecat strength in numbers The role of freight forwarders in EU trade – Logistics in numbers – Policy of growth and jobs – Do not disturb the bees!! Law building in Brussels – Regulatory environment – The Customs Conclusions FREIGHT FORWARDERS & LOGISTICS matter in the international trade Key elements of better trade in future: sustainable growth greater use of intelligent transport solutions service to trade Trade Facilitation & Customs services FREIGHT FORWARDERS ARE Natural multimodal logistics integrators Natural trade facilitators and Customs advisors FREIGHT FORWARDERS NEED Trade-friendly regulatory environment CLECAT represents the full range of logistics, has both voice & audience ensures friendly environment for our business FF have a key role to play in contributing to a flexible and sustainable EU transport policy in the coming years Thank you!
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