ESTA and ECTA sign first Memorandum of Understanding

ESTA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ECTA, the European Chemical Transport Association, to allow both organisations to work together and jointly lobby for improvements in transport infrastructure and regulation, best practice and safety.

The MOU was signed in May at the Transport Logistic exhibition in Munich by ESTA Section Transport Vice President Iffet Türken of Kässbohrer and ECTA President Andreas Zink of LKW Walter.

The areas of cooperation set out in the agreement include the standardisation and harmonization of the European transport industry, joint lobbying activities on issues of mutual interest, and the exchange of information on best practice and safety.

The MOU will be effective for five years. It will not create any legal relationship between ECTA and ESTA but is intended to boost both influence and cooperation where the two organisations’ policies are aligned.

Iffet Türken said: “This is an excellent arrangement that should benefit both organisations and our members.

“We will be able to learn from each other – boosting our joint development of best practice – and increase our impact both in Brussels and with our national governments.”

ECTA was formed in 1997 by Europe’s chemical hauliers with the aim of creating a platform for representing their interests in discussions with international regulatory bodies and major chemical producer associations. It is a non-profit organisation under Belgian law with over 100 members.