European shippers' council

The European Shippers' Council Represents...

  • The interests of companies trading in Europe as users of freight transport services.
  • Companies who ship the vast majority of goods distributed by sea, road, rail, air and inland waterways.
  • The 13 national transport user organisations/shippers' councils from 13 countries.
  • A number of key European commodity trade associations, such as CEFIC - The European Chemical Industry Council.
  • European industry interests as users of freight transport services on a variety of international governmental and non-governmental organisations including: OECD, the Consultative Shipping Group, International Maritime Organisation, the United Nations, WTO and The International Chamber of Commerce.

Contacting the ESC

Contacting the ESC couldn't be easier. Take a look at the contact information page for details on the roles of staff members and their various contact details.

Voice of European Shippers

The ESC maintains an on-going dialogue and is regularly consulted by the European Commission and other Community institutions on transport policy and logistics issues. The ESC also has reciprocal representative arrangements with UNICE (the European Employers Organisation). Another unique aspect of the European Shippers' Council is it is the only multi-modal shippers organisation in Europe.

Cross-Sector Liaison

The ESC is the leading platform for discussions with transport providers. The ESC maintains contact with and holds regular liaisons with the key transport industry representative organisations and their members. These include ECSA, CENSA, ICS, Intertanko, and Intercargo (shipowners), CLECAT, FFE and FIATA (freight forwarders), CER (railways), IRU (road transport), ESPO and FEPORT (ports), UIRR (combined transport) and TEEO (European Express carriers).

Through the Shippers' Tripartite the ESC annually meets with the US National Transportation League, the Canadian Shippers' Council and the shippers' organisations in Asia to develop common strategies to the benefit of shippers in Europe, the Americas and Asia


  • To promote efficient and competitive freight transport services to enhance the competitiveness of companies conducting business in Europe and overseas transport markets.
  • To encourage and persuade transport policy makers to develop open and competitive markets which enhance industrial competitiveness and efficiency.
  • To promote industry best practice and key performance indicators to improve the efficiency of industry's transport and logistics supply chains.

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