How we represent shippers

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
  • Market based voluntary environmental efficiency measures to mitigate the impacts of shipping and transport emissions and greenhouse gases (GHGs). See GSF’s project on decarbonising the maritime supply chain from the shipper’s perspective
  • Mutual recognition of global security regimes through ICAO and WCO to enhance existing global security arrangements and facilitate international trade