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European legislators should help boost the smooth flow of goods, or the region will lose its competitiveness, warned the Alliance for European Logistics last week. Calling for less red tape and improved e-commerce through simpler customs procedures, it wanted “pragmatic legislation”. The CEO of Deutsche Post DHL, Frank Appel, warned that Europe lagged behind in both energy and transport, and couldn’t afford to do so in transport too. He added that the EU could develop innovation and leadership in the logistics sector only if regulators recognised the critical role played by IT.

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