The annual Tripartite Shippers’ Meeting, held in Yokohama from September 10 to 12 and attended by shipping delegates from Asia, North America and Europe, has concluded with a joint statement, reports Marine-net.
The statement said that a “free and competitive liner operating environment is preferable to one governed by artificial antitrust protections administered by national governments”.
With regard to the review of international maritime regulatory laws, the Tripartite Shippers’ Group (TSG) said that ‘transparency of contract provisions permits enforcement of collective activities among carriers and inhibits the operation of a consumer-responsive, innovative and market-driven transportation environment. Accomplishment of this goal should be viewed as not only beneficial to the shipper community but as building blocks from which new relationships may be forged with transportation providers.’
The delegates further agreed to coordinate and cooperate with regard to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s current review into the effects of common pricing and the impact of discussion and stabilisation agreements on shippers and shipowner.
The issues of ocean carrier cargo liability and the need for an amended international convention were also discussed.
Attending the annual conference were the US National Industrial Transportation League, the European Shippers’ Council, the Japan Shippers’ Council, the Canadian Shippers’ Council, the Korean Shippers’ Council, the Philippines Shippers’ Bureau, the Hong Kong Shippers’ Council, the Thai National Shippers’ Council, the Singapore National Shippers’ Council, and the Federation of Association of South East Asian Nations Shippers’ Councils.
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