WHAT IS THE TSL (TRANSPORT-SHIPPING-LOGISTICS) SECTOR?
WHAT IS THE TSL (TRANSPORT-SHIPPING-LOGISTICS) SECTOR?
Starting as a sector of little significance, the Polish transport industry, which we work for, has become a European leader.
Transport facilitates the fulfilment of the first 3 of the 4 freedoms of the internal market and it is crucial to shaping economic growth and competition on the global market. The cost of transport services influences the exchange of goods and the competitiveness of the EU economy.
In Poland, 6.6% of GDP is generated by the transport sector, which employs about 1 million people, directly and indirectly, providing services which account for 15% of the provision of transport in the European Union.
The value of the export of transport services amounted to EUR 10.6 billion in 2015. Polish transport companies are investing in modern, safe and eco-friendly rolling stock – vehicles are replaced every 2-5 years on average, constantly increasing the share of vehicles with the highest emission standards – Euro 5 and Euro 6.
The Polish transport, shipping and logistics sector is facing numerous problems posed by the authorities and other countries. Transport and Logistics Poland is trying to explore and implement the best possible solutions to overcome obstacles and foster the further development of the sector.
WHAT WE DO FOR THE SECTOR
The aim of Transport and Logistics Poland is to protect, promote and represent the economic and legal interests of the organisation’s members, and create a positive image of Polish road transport in the eyes of the public.
In fact, Transport and Logistics Poland is doing much more than this. We devote a lot of attention to activities for the benefit of our members, supporting them in the field of consulting, providing them with accurate knowledge on the current legal status and events in the sector which are significant from the point of view of employers and employees in the transport and logistics sector.
However, it takes more than just consulting and support. TLP is actively involved in creating the legal reality in Poland and in the European Union. We provide solutions to problems obstructing the development of transport services and create favourable conditions for the development of family enterprises. We assess the bills of new and amended legal regulations, we attend the meetings of the Sejm committees dealing with transport in its broad sense, and we are one of the major representatives of the transport sector, answering queries from high-ranking officials who have doubts or need an opinion on some issues. We also implement social campaigns supporting both employers in the transport sector and their employees.
WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE SECTOR?
The Polish transport sector needs support, both direct and indirect. If more people and transport companies get involved in our activities, it will be the easier for us to create a reality in which the Polish TSL sector would continue to grow rapidly, becoming a leader in the EU market.
We perform our activities in a professional way – our reports and projects are prepared by the best specialists in the sector. It is a considerable financial burden to us, and it would not be possible to carry on if it weren’t for our members.
By supporting us, you invest in your future. A better future in the European market. You have the confidence that your interests are TLP’s interests and that they will become our priority. After all, we act in line with the “together we are strong” principle.
OBSTACLES TO TRANSPORT
1. People are the strength of Polish transport companies – they are trained and highly qualified staff. However, there is a noticeable growing shortage of drivers on the market, despite the increasing salaries and incentives to stay in the profession’s being applied by transport companies.
Transport and Logistics Poland supports educational institutions in organising courses in the profession of “driver-mechanic” and promoting the profession among young people. We have also commissioned PwC to prepare a report on the condition of the drivers’ job market. The report includes recommendations on specific measures to be implemented in the next few years which will help us take steps aimed at improving the situation in the sector.
2. Some Member States are introducing internal legal regulations which are successfully restricting or completely hindering our access to their markets, for example the German Minimum Wage Act (MiLoG) and the French Loi Macron. In addition, regulations introduced at the European Union level often threaten the interests of the TSL sector. A report on the influence of the MiLoG Act on the road transport sector in Poland, commissioned by the TSL and prepared by Deloitte, has shed some light on the potential consequences of introducing this type of regulation by EU Member States.
Transport and Logistics Poland is effective in bringing the attention of the media and the Government to the problems which Polish transport enterprises must face in connection with the Polish and international legal reality. We assess bills and present suggestions for solutions which are frequently introduced into Polish legislation by the Government. We run social campaigns bringing the public’s attention to a given issue. We communicate with the top officials in the country and in the EU on an ongoing basis, in order to keep our fingers on the pulse and to react quickly and effectively, if necessary.
3. Polish legal regulations are not always favourable to carriers. Transport and Logistics Poland intervenes in respect of legislation to be introduced and the requirements of individual institutions or organisations, and appeals to the Government, attending meetings and supporting specific measures in technical, organisational, marketing or image terms.