Collaborative Concepts for Comodality

  • Framework: FP7
  • Type: CSA
  • Status: Completed
  • Category: Freight / logistics / co-modality
  • End Date: 31/08/2014
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CO3 is a key priority project proposed by the European Intermodal Research Advisory Council (EIRAC). A recent study (Feb 2009) from the World Economic Forum estimates that the capacity utilization of European freight is currently as low as 43%. The EIRAC consensus is that we should set as a priority to increase to a more ambitious 70%. EIRAC believes a key strategy to achieve this objective is to stimulate and facilitate industrial collaboration in their systems of Distribution of Goods. CO3 is a simple and very practical action that could have however a great impact by chain effect. We have chartered a small group of Lawyers, economists and Industry players, to sit down together and prepare a common European conceptual template for Collaborative Transport Agreements among shippers. Such template, fairly splits cost and benefits, protects participating SMEs, while preserving large industrial players economy of scale. The agreements should have clear and transparent termination-entry clauses to enable their evolution without unnecessary stress. In particular it facilitates scale building giving the participating parties easier access to Intermodal Transport solution.