The EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER) is an essential regulatory tool that yields significant benefits to a variety of stakeholders, including Member States, with no downside from a competition or consumer welfare perspective. The CBER contributes to the connectivity and competitiveness of Member State economies, to the benefit of their exporters and consumers, whilst also making important contributions to climate goals.
In total 661 containers lost at sea in 2022, out of 250 million transported. This represents the lowest losses in % since the start of the survey in 2008. The improved numbers are positive news, but there is no time for complacency and we will continue our work to reduce the number of containers lost at sea. Safety is a job that never stops, and every container lost at sea will always be one too many.
As active members of the European Commission's Trade Contact Group (TCG), we have constantly engaged in a constructive manner to support the full implementation of the Union Customs Code (UCC) and have always recognized its essential role in sustaining compliant, effective and efficient international trade. Therefore, we are poised to work in the closest collaborative partnership with the European Commission, the European Parliament and all EU Member States to deliver a successful implementation of the UCC reform.
World Shipping Council: FuelEU Maritime adds positive momentum to shipping’s path to decarbonisation
Jim Corbett, Environmental Director Europe for WSC comments on the conclusion of the FuelEU trilogue. “Today’s trilogue agreement on FuelEU Maritime is an important EU Green Deal policy for shipping. I am pleased to see that the regulation will evaluate fuels on their GHG performance across their full lifecycle. WSC worked with the parties for an effective, technology neutral regulation that will help drive the supply of alternative fuels and ensure real reductions in GHG emissions. We welcome the agreement announced today and will continue to work for effective FuelEU implementation that ensures that demand for renewable marine fuels in the EU region is matched by supply.”
The European Commission is currently evaluating the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER) which provides vital legal certainty for the vessel sharing arrangements entered into by shipping lines to the benefit of their customers, trade and the environment.
TCG Statement on World Customs Day: Promoting a Culture of Knowledge Sharing and Professional Pride in Customs for 2023
Today, the World Shipping Council (WSC) and members of the European Commission’s Trade Contact Group (TCG) have published a joint statement on World Customs Day to honour the inaugural meeting of the Customs Co-operation Council on January 26 and commend the World Customs Organisation (WCO) for adopting the topic “Nurturing the Next Generation: Promoting a Culture of Knowledge Sharing and Professional Pride in Customs" for 2023.
Petition for Review of Federal Maritime Commission’s Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (FMC-2022-0066)
This Petition for Review of the Commission’s Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) regarding Docket No. 2022-0066 is being submitted on behalf of the World Shipping Council (WSC) and the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA).
In the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA 22) Congress directed the Commission to initiate a rulemaking that, “shall only seek to further clarify reasonable rules and practices related to . . . the final rule published on May 18, 2020, entitled ‘Interpretive Rule on Demurrage and Detention Under the Shipping Act’.” Instead of following that instruction, the Commission proposes to abandon the Interpretive Rule’s fact-specific analysis entirely and replaces it with absolute prohibitions on charging detention or demurrage to broad classes of entities.
An open letter to the EU Parliament, Commission and Council from Danish Shipping, Methanol Institute, and the World Shipping Council in connection with the FuelEU trilogue negotiations.
Green fuels are essential for the maritime sector to deliver on the EU Green Deal and the Paris Agreement. The technologies for making the green fuels exist, but production capacities must be scaled up to make the fuels available for shipping. FuelEU Maritime can provide the certainty needed to ensure investments in scaling up green fuels, but the ambitions need to be strengthened to send a clear market signal. Danish Shipping, Methanol Institute, and World Shipping Council therefore call for increasing the ambition in the FuelEU, maximising GHG-intensity reduction from 2035 to 2050 and supporting early use of green e-fuels.
Green fuels are essential for the maritime sector to deliver on the Paris Agreement and the EU Green Deal. The technology for producing and using the new green fuels exists, but their production and distribution needs to be considerably upscaled. To get the necessary investments started today, politicians need to provide certainty on the requirements for the fuels of tomorrow by agreeing on a life-cycle approach in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). An open letter from Danish Shipping, Methanol Institute, Renewable Hydrogen Coalition, Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners, Swedish Shipowners’ Association, and the World Shipping Council.
WSC comments to FMC proposed rulemaking “Definition of Unreasonable Refusal to Deal or Negotiate with Respect to Vessel Space Accommodations Provided by an Ocean Common Carrier” (Docket No. 22-24)
WSC agrees with the Commission that allegations of “unreasonable refusal to deal or negotiate” be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and that using a suite of non-exclusive factors is both appropriate and consistent with its past precedent. This is the approach that the Commission has consistently used when adjudicating cases brought under 46 U.S.C. § 41104(a) and its predecessors. It is important to remember in this regard that OSRA 22 did not create the “unreasonable refusal to deal” prohibition. Instead, OSRA 22 merely added language to the section by expressly naming vessel space accommodations as a factual situation to which the prohibition applies. Thus, adherence to past Commission precedent is required absent a reasoned explanation why its prior policies and standards are being changed.
Although WSC agrees with the Commission’s general approach, there are four specific points on which WSC urges the Commission to amend its proposal before publishing a final rule…
Taking the Customs Union to the next level as pledged by President Von der Leyen, should equip the EU to better withstand present and future challenges, while protecting its citizens and harnessing the economic opportunities of the 21st century. To do so Europe will continue to rely on its external trade and maritime commerce. The future Customs Union needs to be better configured for that trade to flourish securely. The completion of a genuine Customs Union characterised by the seamless application of its rules across all EU Member States, the operation by default of common EU IT systems and innovative processes remains a key priority.
WSC members in the liner industry are among the first movers leading the decarbonisation transition globally and within the European region. We need good policy in the Fit-for-55 package and especially an effective inclusion of shipping within the EU ETS framework that delivers the right GHG price signals to the parties that can change and shift the sector to the green vessel technology needed for deep decarbonisation.
Letter from the World Shipping Council, Assarmatori and Danish Shipping to Members of the European Parliament.
On 17 May, the ENVI Committee will vote on Peter Liese’s Committee Report amending the EC draft proposal to include international shipping within the EU ETS. We welcome this key moment in the history of EU climate action and on the path towards shipping’s green future.
European Parliament TRAN Committee Opinion acknowledges vessel owner and operator shared responsibility for decarbonisation
Regulation to include shipping in the EU ETS is under development as part of the EU Green Deal, a great opportunity for the EU to contribute to the transition to zero carbon for international shipping. The European Commission proposal is now under review by the European Parliament, with the EP ENVI Committee holding the lead rapporteur role and EP TRAN Committee providing input guided by rapporteur Mr Novakov.
WSC welcomes the thorough work done by Mr Novakov in considering how the EU ETS can be most effective as well as practical to implement.
WSC Statement before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on “Uncharted Waters: Challenges Posed by Ocean Shipping Supply Chains”
Written statement by WSC President& CEO John Butler provided on December 7th, 2021.
Every day, tens of thousands of containers arrive at seaports from countries all around the world. Liner shipping – container and roll-on-roll-off (roro) vessels – is the backbone of global supply chains.
The COVID-19 pandemic that hit the world in 2020 triggered a “perfect storm” for global container shipping, putting a strain on supply chains and disrupting global trade.
The container supply chain is made up of multiple businesses and individuals, each of which are taking steps to remove bottlenecks and increase container velocity. These are operational measures that require constant dialogue between service providers and shippers to support each other and collaborate for better outcomes. Ocean carriers recognise the part they must play in that and are actively engaging to meet shipper demand and ease the flow of goods.
The World Shipping Council is committed to working with the EU Institutions to achieve the Green Deal’s goals through good policy that will support industry greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets and move as fast as possible to zero GHG emissions. EU Policy, including the revision to the EU ETS Directive has a unique opportunity to strengthen, motivate and complement global policy for reducing GHGs in international shipping.
WSC supports inclusion of maritime sector in the EU ETS, and targeted amendments to the EC proposal can optimize its impact both within the EU and on the global stage.
The World Shipping Council is committed to working with the EU Institutions to achieve the Green Deal’s goals through good policy that will support industry GHG reduction targets and move as fast as possible to zero GHG emissions. EU Policy, including the Fuel EU Maritime Regulation has a unique opportunity to strengthen, motivate and complement global policy for reducing GHGs in international shipping.