DAILY NEWS Dec 2, 2013 9:36 AM - 0 comments

European and Asian shippers increase cooperation

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CHIANG RAI, Thailand.--The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) and the Asian Shippers’ Meeting (ASM) on Sunday agreed to take their cooperation to the next level. According to the two organizations,  intensified cooperation will further decrease trade barriers.

In a joint meeting in Chiang Rai, Thailand, the ESC and ASM agreed to work closer together on a selected number of truly international issues that have a big impact on shippers in particular and therefore on the economy and consumers in general, said a release.

The shippers’ councils agreed that their member companies, in order to cooperate more on a global scale, should make use of already existing structures and organizations, bind them together and invite individual representatives that or not yet part of an international organization. The cooperating organizations will assist each other on education and capacity building to augment the quality of the international logistic community. They will make existing training modules available internationally, set up a cross-cultural exchange program and develop new international training courses.


On the proposal on weighing of containers as presently discussed in the International Maritime Organization (IMO), all organizations present at the joint meeting in Asia agreed to step up their actions in convincing the IMO that the present proposals are wrong. The current proposals don’t take into account the full array of causes for potential unsafe situations in the maritime transport of containers. Therefore, the organizations argue, they do not comprise an effective set of measures to improve marine safety. The ESC and ASM will propose amendments and suggestions to improve the draft position in the IMO.

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