The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) was formally incorporated and registered as a non-governmental organisation in the United Kingdom in June 2011. It’s the world’s leading trade association for shippers engaged in international trade moving goods by all modes of transport.
Origins of GSF
The GSF was created in 2006 as the successor to the informal Tripartite Shippers’ Group (TSG), first organised in 1994. The decision to incorporate the GSF was taken to enable the GSF to establish formal recognition, consultation status and accreditation with the major UN agencies such as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Customs Organisation.
Focus and Aims
The GSF represents shippers’ interests and that of their respective organisations from Asia, Europe, North and South America and Africa.
The main focus of the GSF is to influence commercial developments in the international freight transport industry and the policy decisions of governments and international organisations as they affect shippers and receivers of freight.
Since 1994 when the Tripartite Shippers’ Group (TSG) consisting of the US National Industrial League, ASC and European shippers first got together in Brussels, shippers’ views have been represented at an international level. By 1996 this informal grouping had expanded to shippers organisations from over 50 countries - the GSF was born.
Today, the GSF represents shippers in all the world’s major trading regions, including Europe, Asia, North America and Africa.
On a day-to-day basis the GSF is lobbying, educating and influencing government and inter-government organisations on an expanding range of regulatory and trade issues affecting shippers, and in doing so raising the profile of shippers and their interests.
The formal incorporation of the GSF and the establishment of a permanent secretariat based in the UK was agreed in June 2011 now positions GSF to more professionally represent shippers’ views at the highest level of global government. The GSF was fomally launched on 1 July 2011.
What results has GSF achieved for shippers?
Here are some recent examples of successes GSF has secured for shippers:
The abolition of liner conferences and price fixing and capacity agreements in all trades to and from Europe
Persuaded the ILO/IMO not to introduce new regulations increasing shippers' responsibilities for the safe stowage of containers throughout the whole supply chain in favour of enhanced guidelines in the promotion of training and best practice
Influenced the outcome of the recent INCOTERMS revision by the International Chamber of Commerce
What is GSF campaigning for?
The GSF is campaigning on the issues that most effect shippers, namely competitive and efficient shipping markets by all modes to improve the performance of shippers’ logistics and supply chains. We are therefore campaigning for:
Regulatory reform in ocean transportation in Asia and North America
Board and Secretariat of the Global Shippers' Forum
The Global Shippers' Forum Board is made up of Directors elected by GSF members at the Annual General Meeting. The Board is responsible for supervision of the management of the GSF, including its finances and corporate governance.
GSF Board of Directors
President, Canadian Industrial Transportation Association (CITA) Chairman of the Board of Directors
If you are a shipper, whether small, medium or large with cargo flows of truly global dimensions you can become involved in the Global Shippers' Forum (GSF). You can do that by being a member of the various national and regional organisations in the membership of the GSF.
If you want to know more about the GSF or become involved in the GSF’s activities contact the following organisations in your main region of operation:
United States: National Industrial Transportation League, 1700 N. Moore St; Suite 1900 Arlington, VA 22209, USA Phone: +1 703-524-5011 Visit website
Canada: Canadian Industrial Transportation Association, 580 Terry Fox Drive, Suite 405, Ottawa, Ontario, K2L 4C2, Canada Phone + 1 613 599 32 83 Visit website
Asia: Asian Shippers’ Council, Permanent Secretariat, 105, Hunipitiya Lake Road, Colombo 2, Sri Lanka Phone +9411 2874065
Singapore National Shippers’ Council, Chairman’s Office, 47 Hill Street # 07-05 SCCCI Building, Singapore 179365 Phone: +65 6333 4839 Visit website
Europe: Freight Transport Association, Hermes House, St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 9UZ, United Kingdom Phone +44 (0)1892 526171 Visit website
Africa: Union of African Shippers’ Councils, BP 12969, Douala, Cameroun Phone + (237) 33437045 Visit website