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European shipping calls for streamlined reporting

A group of associations representing the European shipping industry, including CLIA Europe, EBA, ECASBA, ECSA, EMPA, ETA, ETF, EuDA, Interferry, and WSC have signed a statement welcoming the European Commission’s mid-term review of the EU Maritime Transport Strategy 2009-2018, calling for better regulation and a fundamental overhaul of the EU Reporting Formalities’ Directive.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“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,” the statement says.

“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.”

The group of European shipping stakeholders want EU institutions and Member States to go beyond a regulatory fitness check of existing legislation and work towards a new shipping strategy suitable for the next decade of maritime trade.

“The future EU shipping strategy should be ambitious and aim at promoting Europe as a globally leading, high-quality region for shipping to do business in,” the statement adds.

“This requires investment in an attractive business climate, a highly skilled European workforce, consistent implementation of international environmental and safety standards as well as policies which are truly relevant and conducive to facilitating trade. The strategy should firmly put shipping in its diversity at the heart of the maritime cluster.”{/mprestriction}

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