If Britain votes to leave the European Union, the country's shipping sector faces years of disruption as trade agreements get reworked and currency volatility leads to higher costs at a time when the industry is battling its worst global downturn.
With much of Europe still struggling to recover from the impact of the 2008 financial crisis, Poland stands out as an unlikely island of economic success, a place where companies and individuals plan for growth rather than decline.
This year is likely to mark a turning point for the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the European Union, with total employment expected to increase by 0.3 percent and value-added by 1 percent as compared to 2012. Preliminary forecasts expect the positive developments further accelerating in 2014. After five years of an uncertain economic environment, 2013 is expected to be the first year since 2008 with a combined increase in aggregated employment and value-added of the EU's SMEs.
The CO3 Project is an initiative funded by the European Commission to develop and roll out tools and standards that will help shippers and logistics providers identify opportunities to co-load, share capacity and shift freight from road to rail. Giventis International provides the technology platform for this project.
Siim Kallas, vice president of the European Commission, has outlined some changes to customs formalities in ports, in an effort to help shift EU transit cargo from congested highways to under-utilised short-sea shipping lanes.
Antwerp, Rotterdam and Dusseldorf are the best logistics hubs in Europe, according to a report from Colliers International, global real estate advisers. Kiev, Istanbul and Bratislava were the top three ideal locations for cost-driven manufacturing activities, according to the report entitled Logistics Cities.