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The Spanish Confederation of Freight Transport (CETM), together with the CNTC, have transferred to the Department of Promotion of Competition of the National Commission of Markets and Competition, their concern for the abuse and helplessness suffered by transport companies against The generality of its customers.

Both associations argue that customers take advantage of the fragility of a sector that, despite its enormous strategic value as a collective, has a very weak and atomized business fabric, without the advantages generated by the economy at scales and costs, and that it does not have the necessary regulatory tools to defend itself in a transport market that is completely hostile to them.

During the meeting, the CNMC emphasized that it is declared absolutely contrary to the practices that have been shown to them as usual in the sector, such as certain down-payment auctions or payment terms exceeding those established by law.

For this reason, the CNMC has expressed itself in favor of carrying out a study of the transport market that allows determining the existence of a position of the loaders, as it happened in the agricultural sector, and that justified the implementation in protection measures similar to those taken then. For its part, the CETM believes that the problem will only be solved with the implementation of a rule that prohibits and fines those shippers who pay an abusively low price.

Consequently, he urges the Ministry of Development to work together, also with the collaboration of the CNMC, in the preparation of the study, to change certain practices.


The Government is determined to fight against climate change, and the electricity companies have chosen the middle way: to dismantle the thermal power plants, which are the main generators of electricity in our country. But they are not the only ones who will be harmed by this decision. Transportation has a lot to say about it. Coal production is on the way to disappearing in Spain and, with it, some thousand transport jobs.

As it happens in other sectors, when a productive activity disappears, it also takes all the economic activity that it generates (it happens with the automobile factories, the alimentary production, industrial, etc.). And here is no exception. The mining basins of Asturias, León, Palencia or Teruel are in danger of extinction. And all because the European Union decided, some time ago, to cut public aid to mining. Not only that: the electricity companies have also decided to close the thermal power plants that are supplied with coal (both domestic and imported), because they have to comply with the limitations imposed by Brussels to reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. It is true that there are many ways to do it, but companies such as Endesa or edp (formerly Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico) have decided that the quickest is to close.  

José Antonio Casillas is a Minas technical engineer and transport entrepreneur. He has a company dedicated to the transport of coal, so he is aware that his future is in the air. In the first place, he wants to make one thing clear: the decarbonization process is not to end up with coal, but with the carbon dioxide that is emitted into the atmosphere. In other words, the European Union has proposed a series of limits that must be met to pollute less. But it is the utilities that have taken the decision to close the thermal power plants, to which the Spanish Government has not raised any objection.  

The associations of freight transport by road of Aragon, Asturias, Castilla y León and Galicia integrated in the CETM are very concerned about the favorable position of the central Government to the decarbonization of the energy sector and the suppression of thermal plants in Spain. For these organizations, which represent some 1,000 vehicles that work daily in the coal and thermal sectors, suppressing the plants in Spain would also generate serious indirect consequences for the transport sector in these autonomous communities, with few outlets for work and already deindustrialized.


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With the new year disappears the possibility that the autonomous communities had to apply a tax surcharge on fuel, integrating the state tax with the highest value: 4.8 cents per liter. Measure that makes it more interesting to be registered in the Professional Gas Oil census.

On January 1, 2019, the regulation of the Hydrocarbons Tax is modified, so that the application of the regional section ceases to be the responsibility of the regional governments and the maximum limit of 4.8 cents per liter for the communities is established. In this way, the fiscal pressure of fuels in peninsular Spain and the Balearic Islands is equalized.

According to Fenadismer, which recommends transporters with vehicles of at least 7.5 tons of MMA that register in the Census of Beneficiaries of Professional Diesel of the Tax Agency, in case they have not done it before, to As of January, the refund will be 4.9 cents per liter: 4.8 cents of the old regional tranche, plus 1 cent of the national tranche.

Limits that are due to the regulation of the EU on this type of compensation to certain professional activities. As a consequence of this modification, in the Basque Country, Cantabria, Castilla-León, La Rioja and Navarra, the price of fuel will increase by 4.8 cents per liter; in Madrid, 3.1 cents; 2,4 in Aragón; 1 in Extremadura; and 0.8 in Asturias. The other communities already applied the maximum rate.

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The CNTC (National Road Transport Committee), after the meeting held on November 22, has ruled in favor of a stop employer in the transport of goods by road (with 94.9%) if they do not see their requests answered , both by the shippers and by the administrations before January 15, 2019 as the deadline. The document prepared by the committee details the main requests to urgently negotiate both estates.

However, the main point that the CNTC considers essential is to recognize the transport of goods as a strategic sector of the national economy, mainly by public administrations. The measures agreed by the CNTC are the following:

1.- Commitment to the non-application of the Eurovignette directive and repeal of the measures taken to divert heavy goods from toll roads.

2.- Modification of the transportation contract law, repealing the possibility of an agreement to the contrary in the following matters: payment terms, application of the clause to revise the price of fuel and loading and unloading operations.

3.- Measures in favor of the fight against letterbox companies.

4.- Coordination of mobility plans.

5.- Tax harmonization in the sector.

6.- Solution to bottlenecks in border crossings.

7.- Negotiation and rationalization in the ecological transition policy.

8.- Creation of rest areas plans throughout the daily network with certification of safe area.

9.- Modification of the regulation of direct action, extending its exercise to transport operators.

10.- Inclusion in the regime of professional diesel to all professional transport of goods.

11.- Suspension in the approval of the ROTT without consensus of the National Committee.

12.- After the consultation carried out to the National Commission of the Markets and the regulatory Competition of this measure, in positive case, to prohibit by law its realization in the transport sector, under alusively low economic conditions.

However, both CNTC and the CETM have expressly extended the closing date of the negotiations until January 15, with the aim of not causing serious harm to society in terms of the distribution of perishable products on such critical dates as those they are coming.


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