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 (December 8) 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.
Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT said: “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.”
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 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.
The news follows a spate of alliance-building activity in the shipping industry, which most recently saw THE Alliance announce its route plan for 2017.