New multimodal industry alliance formed

The Federation of European Private Port Operators and Terminals (FEPORT), along with a further 20 founding members, has established a new alliance to promote the interests of the ports and shipping sector in the context of EU policy initiatives.

The Industry Alliance for Multimodal Connectivity and Logistics (I AM) will focus on the logistics, cargo transport and handling, and freight service segments, and “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.”

I AM is set to decide on its top priority areas at its inaugural annual plenary, due to be held in the spring of 2017. The agenda for this meeting will be guided by the EU Commission’s annual work programmes and proposals from I AM members.

Membership of I AM is open to all organisations looking to pursue the objectives of the alliance. Founding members are the Federation of European Private Port Operators and Terminals (FEPORT), the worldwide network of port cities (AIVP), the Bureau International du Conteneur (BIC), the European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services (CLECAT), the European Barge Association (EBU), the European Boatmen’s Association, the European Community Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ECASBA), the Association of European Vehicle Logistics (ECG), the European Community Ship Owners’ Association (ECSA), the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP), the European Maritime Pilots’ Association (EMPA), the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), European Shippers Council (ESC), European Tug Owners Association (ETA), the European Dredging Association (EuDA), global cargo handling NGO ICHCA International, International Road Transport Union (IRU), PEMA, Sea Europe, the Ships and Maritime Equipment Association, the International Union of Wagon Keepers (UIP), the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR), and the European Association of Professional Portside Storekeepers for Agri-bulk Commodities (UNISTOCK).