Policy priorities

Shipping and Trade Policy

Shipping and Trade Policy

Shipping is the backbone of global trade, enabling the import and export of affordable goods on a scale that is not possible for any other transport mode. Global trade cannot exist successfully without an efficient shipping industry. Around 80% of world trade in goods is carried by the international shipping industry and EU shipping companies are large players in this global industry.

Read more of Shipping and Global Trade, Business Climate and Trade Facilitation for Short Sea Shipping

Recent and current agenda topics include:

  • Mid-term Review of EU Maritime Transport Policy
  • Reporting Formalities Directive / eManifest Project
  • Ports Regulation
  • Sanctions: Iran & Russia
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Market Access: Africa, Algeria, Angola and others
  • Brexit
  • Migration
  • Piracy
  • Cyber Security
  • Ship Financing – BASEL IV
  • EU Funding for Shipping
  • Multi Annual Financial Framework for 2014-2020
  • State Aid Guidelines
  • Towards a Single EU VAT Area
  • Corporate Tax Reform