It should be easy to transport 45-foot containers around Europe. But that is not the case right now, says the European Community of Shipowners' Associations (ECSA).
ECSA points out that the current European rules regarding the transport of 45-foot containers on trucks are extremely bureaucratic, due to the fact that 45-foot containers are transported on vehicles that are much longer than normal trucks. This leads to a lot of paperwork and additional administration, making intermodal transports much more difficult. The lobbying organization stresses that this needs to change if the EU really wants to strengthen shipping - which depends on the truck transport - which the EU has recommended as a more environmental means of transport.