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EU approves list of scrapping yards

The latest version of the EU list of shipbreaking facilities has now received final approval. The Indian yards Maersk works with were not approved for the list. The rules will come into force two weeks from now.

Fierce criticism of container alliances in comprehensive report

In a comprehensive report, the International Transport Forum, under OECD, voices fierce criticism of the three mega-alliances. The negative consequences far surpass the benefits, and politicians need to act. Read the conclusions and find the complete report here.

New deal will make it possible to trade with Iran

A new deal between leading EU countries together with China and Russia will make it possible for companies to continue trading with Iran. However, the extent to which countries dare defy the US remains an open question.

Softer Brexit rhetorics but no resolution in sight

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier reached out to his British counterparts Tuesday in an attempt to find out how to set up the Irish border after Brexit. But the two parties still insist on different solutions.

Top negotiator doubts EU's trade deal with Mercosur

The EU's trade talks with four South American countries has reportedly run into problems in Montevideo. Uruguay's foreign minister, Rodolfo Nin Novoa, is skeptical about the pending deal according to media El Observador.

EU rejects investigation into disputed surcharges

The European Commission will not look further into the dispute over liner companies' emergency surcharges, a battle that has been going on for months. Nothing points to anti-competitive behavior, a spokesperson tells ShippingWatch. Shippers will meet and discuss the case again.

DFDS preparing for long lines of lorries at Dover after Brexit

The Port of Dover will be hit hard by Brexit, if the scenario painted in a new report becomes a reality. There are concerns of customs chaos while a 20 kilometer highway is being converted to lorry parking. The company is preparing for the worst but hopes that rationality will win out.

EU & US reach trade deal

The US is holding back its tariffs on European cars while the EU will buy large quantities of US soy.

EU & Japan sign comprehensive trade deal

According to Donald Tusk EU is sending a clear message that the union stands together against protectionism. The new trade deal is welcomed by the Confederation of Danish Industry.

EU leaders agree on strategy for trade war

Early Friday morning CET the state and government leaders finished their negotiations. They support the Commission's strategy for the trade war while also calling for a reform of the WTO.

EU reviews container carriers' unique competitive edge

For the first time since the large-scale consolidation in the container sector last year, the EU's container block exemption rule, which allows competing liner shipping companies to cooperate, will now be reassessed. Find the complete roadmap ahead of the final decision here.

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