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UIP elects its board and discusses key topics on new realities which rail freight is facing

At its 67th General Assembly (GA), UIP elected its Board for the next three years’ term.

Amsterdam, May 17th, 2017 Dr. Heiko Fischer, CEO of VTG will continue to act as President and Johannes Mansbart, CEO of GATX Rail Europe and Per-Anders Benthin, CEO of TRANSWAGGON as Vice-Presidents. Two new members, Mr. Adam Butryn, Commercial Director, GATX Rail Poland and Mr. Daniel DiStefano, President of NACCO at CIT Group Inc are joining the Board replacing Mr. Jürgen Bauer et Dr. Eckart Lehmann. President Heiko Fischer used the opportunity to “thank those leaving for their involvement and dedication and to welcome the new members of the Executive Board”.

The UIP Conference following the GA discussed then key topics on new realities which rail freight is facing. Starting from the changes in Digitalisation and Innovation to the impact of the 4th Railway Package on the European framework, UIP members exchanged views on a common strategy and the best way forward. The Conference offered an open platform to discuss the challenges in rail freight transportation and the need for collaborative approaches but also political and financial support at Member State and EU levels. The key messages carried through the discussions are summarised below.


Joint Statement on the priority topics for 2017

UIP together with 21 organisations agree on priority topics for 2017 and announce next plenary meeting at TOC Europe

Brussels, March 17th, 2017– During the first 2017 meeting, the 22 members of the newly-born I AM Industry Alliance of transport chain stakeholders have agreed upon their common vision regarding multimodality, connectivity, logistics and growth and will start to work on the following issues:
 

  • Reduction of air pollution:  Decarbonisation, NOx and sulphur emissions;
  • Intermodality:Combined Transport Directive, interoperability and Inland Waterways connections;
  • Digitalization: E-transport documents and the Reporting Formalities Directive.
 
The next plenary meeting of the Alliance will take place during the TOC Europe conferences to be held in Amsterdam from 27-29 June 2017. The meeting will be dedicated to a first evaluation of the work done by the members of the Alliance as well as to the adoption of the roadmap for 2018; in view of the multimodal year.
 
Why Multimodality?
For the members of the Alliance, policy makers should give more attention to multimodality.
No cargoes reach consumers while using a single mode of transport. Efforts should therefore be mobilized to facilitate seamless and sustainable operations involving different modes of transport.
 
Why Connectivity?
If cargo reaches a port and cannot continue its journey then this is most probably due to the fact that multimodal connections linking ports to the hinterland are not optimal or sufficient. Members of the Alliance will focus on those measures allowing modes, nodes and industrial clusters to be better connected.
Why Logistics?
Logistics is the cement that links operations aiming at ensuring that cargo reaches its point of destination as requested by customers. It is a key enabler sector for the European Economy.
A 10- 30% improvement in efficiency in the EU logistics sector would potentially equal a 100 – 300 billion € cost relief for European industry[1].
 
Efficiency in logistics will remain an important topic of the Alliance agenda given its crucial role for the further growth of an economically, socially, environmental, and socially sustainable industrial activity.
 
Why Growth?
Growth is the only way to reconcile the EU with long term recovery and should therefore be a priority for all EU institutions and businesses. All signing organizations believe that multimodality, connectivity and logistics are enablers which can play key roles to restore growth in Europe.
 
FEPORT is glad that work starts within I AM. It is a good indication that industry actors believe in “stronger together”. We hope that EU institutions will be receptive to industry priorities and will encourage cooperation within the logistics chain.” says Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT.
 
This is particularly important for a number of industries which are getting rid of the “silo thinking” and engaging in “change management” to face the current economic, environmental and social challenges. All actors of the supply chain and logistics sector deserve the support of EU institutions. Time has come for a positive impetus through inclusive European policy-making” concludes the FEPORT Secretary General.



The Industry Alliance for Multimodal (IAM), launched on December 8th, 2016 involves22 different organisations that have decided voluntarily to join forces to work together and in close cooperation with institutional and non-institutional platforms. I AM aims at widening the scope of the discussions to provide a holistic approach that industry would like to be able to promote in a targeted, independent and constructive way.
 
Members of the Alliance:
 
AIVP– Association International des Villes Portuaires; BIC– Bureau International des Containers; CLECAT - European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services; EBA – European Boatmen’s Association; EBU - European Barge Association; ECASBA - the Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents; ECG - the Association of Finished Vehicle Logistics; ECSA - European Community Shipowners’ Association; EFIP - European Federation of Inland Ports; EMPA - European Maritime Pilots’ Association; ESPO - European Sea Ports Organisation; ESC - European Shippers Council; ETA - European Tugowners Association; ETF - European Transport Workers’ Federation; EuDA – European Dredging Association; FEPORT - Federation of European Private Port Operators and Terminals; ICHCA International - the global cargo handling NGO; IRU - International Road Transport Union; PEMA -Port Equipment Manufacturers Association; SEA Europe – Shipyards and Maritime Equipment Association; UIP - International Union of Wagon Keepers; UIRR - International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport; and UNISTOCK –European association of professional portside storekeepers for agribulk commodities.


[1]European Logistics Action Plan, 2007

Joint Statement on the launch of the Industry Alliance for Multimodal Connectivity and Logistics

UIP together with 20 organizations have joined forces in Alliance to voice our priorities concerning multimodal connectivity and logistics for growth.


In a spirit of genuine collaboration and partnership, 21 industry associations, representing different modes of transport, cargo owners, freight forwarders, logistics and port service providers, shipyards, transport workers and equipment manufacturers have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the framework of an Industry Alliance for Multimodal (IAM) Connectivity and Logistics for Growth.

The Alliance will express their positions and expectations with regards to EU policy initiatives that could boost and enhance European multimodal connectivity and logistics.

The Industry Alliance for Multimodal (IAM) is launched today during the 2nd Annual FEPORT Stakeholders conference taking place in Brussels, where many of the Alliance members are gathering to engage with EU policy makers and regulators.

FEPORT, the Federation of European Private Port Operators, is one of the founder members of IAM, together with: AIVP - The worldwide network of port cities; BIC - Bureau International du Conteneur; CLECAT - European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services; EBU - European Barge Association; ECASBA - European Community Association of Ship Brokers and Agents; ECG – The Association of European Vehicle Logistics; ECSA - European Community Shipowners’ Association; EFIP - European Federation of Inland Ports; EMPA - European Maritime Pilots’ Association; ESPO - European Sea Ports Organisation; ESC - European Shippers Council; ETA - European Tugowners Association; EuDA – European Dredging Association; ICHCA International - the global cargo handling NGO; IRU -International Road Transport Union; PEMA -Port Equipment Manufacturers Association; Sea Europe, the Ships and Maritime Equipment Association; UIP - International Union of Wagon Keepers; UIRR -International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport and UNISTOCK - European association of professional portside storekeepers for agribulk commodities.

The Alliance is also open to other interested bodies pursuing the same objective.

I AM Connectivity & Logistics for Growth will complement the work of other platforms and initiatives and seek win-win opportunities with them, whilst aiming itself to achieve specific policy objectives and deliverables through joint positions. The members of the Alliance will work in an iterative manner and via an online collaborative platform.

The Alliance will provide industry input to EU decision-makers, TEN-T Corridor Coordinators and relevant EU agencies, operating on a coalition model, on topics where there is consensus.

Areas of mutual interest cover competitiveness, efficiency, reliability, safety, security and sustainability of supply chain, logistics, cargo transport, handling and freight services across the European region.

I AM Connectivity & Logistics for Growth will decide upon its priorities during an annual plenary meeting to be held in spring 2017. The alliance agenda will be inspired by the EU Commission annual work programmes but also proposals from the members.
To start with I AM… will be putting the following topics on its agenda: review of the combined transport Directive and the Mid-term evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

“In these challenging times, seamless, sustainable and resilient logistics chains are more important than ever before to Europe’s economic, environmental and social well-being” said Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT, one of the founding organizations.

“I AM Connectivity & Logistics for Growth will facilitate the important dialogue with EU institutions on the current and future policy framework” added Nik Delmeire, Secretary General of the European Shippers’ Council.