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Guidelines on progressive restoration of transport services and connectivity

Photo (image of the Federal Customs Administration): Traffic inspection at Swiss border

With the gradual reopening of borders and reinstallation of transport services, the EU Commission communicates its “Guidelines on the progressive restoration of transport services and connectivity – COVID-19.”

“The progressive restoration of transport services and connectivity will be fully dependent on the approach to travel restrictions, on epidemiological assessments, as well as on expert medical advice on necessary health and sanitary protection and precautions. [ … The guidelines] aim to provide further guidance on how to progressively restore transport services, connectivity and free movement as swiftly as the health situation allows it”, the guidelines state.

Furthermore, “Transport of freight should continue to be safeguarded to ensure that supply chains are functional. The Joint European Roadmap indicated that ‘in the transition phase, the efforts to maintain an unobstructed flow of goods and to secure supply chains should be reinforced’. Starting from the current maximum 15 minutes for crossing green lane borders, the controls performed should gradually be eased in a coordinated way, using established coordination channels such as the national transport contact points for COVID-19 and the Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR), to ultimately allow crossing internal borders as before the introduction of COVID-19- related restrictions for all freight vehicles and all goods. As traffic will increase again, the role of multimodal hubs, such as ports or container terminals, in supporting the green lanes deserves special attention.”

The guidelines then outline details regarding transport workers as well as passengers, and by transport mode, including urban mobility. Find the text here, in Dutch, English, French, German and Italian language (external links).

New EU project “PLANET” to assess impact of trade corridors on TEN-T network

Photo (Port of Rotterdam / Eric Bakker): Container ship on global trade corridor

The PLANET project will assess the impact of emerging global trade corridors on the TEN-T network, ensuring effective connectivity and sustainability of the European Global Network. It will receive funding under the European Union’s “Horizon 2020” research and innovation programme.

PLANET is a 36-month project, starting on the 1st of June 2020, that is rigorously demonstrating the emerging concepts (Physical Internet) and technologies (IoT, Blockchain) in three EU-global real-world corridors (China – EU – US). The project will focus on:

•             Modelling and specifying the dynamics of new trade routes and their impacts on logistics infrastructure and operations, with specific reference to TEN-T;

•             An EU-Global network enablement through demonstration of disruptive concepts and technologies (IoT, Blockchain and PI, 5G, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles /automation, hyperloop) which can address current shortcomings.

The project will liaise closely with the European Technology Platform ALICE and its developments and projects to join forces with all projects in this area. Three “Living Labs” (including the ports of Valencia, Rotterdam and Sines) will contribute to the strategic analysis of global flows (based on the corridors where they are located), the analysis of corridor infrastructure issues, and the investigation of integration of the respective global corridor with the TEN-T.

The EGTC Rhine-Alpine is one of the 33 partners of the PLANET consortium, who collectively represent a large cohort of principal EU and Global Transport & Logistics.