EFIP: Inland Ports key to multi-modal logistics…

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Wim van de Camp

Wim van de Camp

EFIP members meet in Antwerp: Inland Ports key to multi-modal challenges, Serbian Inland Ports to join EFIP

On 27 November, EFIP members gathered in Antwerp for their General Assembly. The meeting was hosted by the Port of Antwerp and coincided with the Inland Terminals Conference. During the interactive open session, keynote speaker Wim van de Camp (Netherlands, EPP), Rapporteur on the Implementation of the 2011 White Paper on Transport, reflected on future transport challenges and the position of inland ports.

In his presentation entitled Inland ports in the heart of EU’s logistical value chains- the multimodal hubs”, Van de Camp (picture) stated that the modal shift of transport from road and air to water has failed drastically and that the market share for inland waterways has remained largely stable for 20 years at 6.5 per cent. According to Van de Camp: “We should stop making the less sustainable sectors of road and air transport more expensive and start making waterways and rail transport more financially attractive by investing in infrastructure.  An integrated approach towards multi-modality is needed; inland ports as hubs where modalities meet have a strong role to play and are important drivers to make this a reality.”                              

Serbian Group for Ports and Wharfs of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Infrastructure joins European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP)

During this General Assembly, EFIP members also welcomed the Serbian Group of Ports and Warfs as new EFIP observer member. As a landlocked country with no coastline, Serbia has recognized the importance of developing river ports and optimizing IWT on the Danube, Sava and Tisa, through the Strategy of Inland Water Transport From 2015 to 2025. The strategic planning of the Republic of Serbia adopted recommendations to work on more intensive promotion and establishment of new links with other European countries through connecting ports and terminals.

Sanja Djurišič, CEO of the Port Dunav Pančevo and President of the Group for Port and Wharfs of the CCIS said: “We strongly believe that Serbian ports in EFIP will significantly contribute to improve cross-border cooperation with EU and non-EU members, exchange of knowledge and experiences and lead to strengthened ties between European ports along the Danube corridor. We hope that the cooperation will lead to an increase volume of goods transported by IWT, beneficial for the regional economy as a whole.”

EFIP President Hans-Peter Hadorn said: “We are delighted to welcome the Serbian Group for Ports and Wharfs of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Infrastructure. The Serbian ports are located on Europe’s secondlongest river, the Danube, which is a major transport axis from east to west and one of the TEN-T corridors. I believe EFIP is the right platform to strenghten the inland ports corridor network.”

EFIP Director Alexander van den Bosch saidI very much welcome the Serbian ports and I am very happy they will be part of the EFIP family. This reflects the truly pan-European nature of EFIP and it underlines that transport doesn’t stop at EU-borders. I am convinced their involvement and expertise will be very helpful when discussing and designing EU’s new transport and corridor policies.”

More information on the Serbian Group of Ports and Warfs here.

Background information on EFIP:

The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) brings together more than 200 inland ports and port authorities in 19 countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Ukraine and Serbia. Since 1994,  EFIP has been the voice of the inland ports in Europe. EFIP highlights and promotes the role of inland ports.

EFIP actively follows all developments in the field of EU policy of importance to inland ports and represents the inland ports vis-à-vis the European institutions and other international bodies. EFIP offers its members the possibility to exchange information, expertise and best practices with colleagues in other countries. For more information, please contact info@inlandports.be.

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