Competition Policy Issues HK Competition Commission SubmissionHamburg Sud-Maersk Merger
27 April 2017
The Hong Kong Competition Commission on an application for an exemption for a Vessel Discussion Agreement by the HK Container Lines’ Association, on behalf of the HK Shippers’ Council. The GSF submission states that the application is invalid as its application is in compatible with the provisions for exemption under the HK Competition Order as the carrier’ application provides no evidence to support its claim that VDA’s provide benefits to shippers and, bizarrely, the HKLA’s claims that the HKCC should allow the exemption as it is compatible with Singapore Competition Law-not HK Competition law!
US antitrust regulators raid Box Club meeting
20 March 2017
US antitrust investigators last week raided the biannual Box Club meeting in San Francisco, handing subpoenas to the CEOs of major container lines and capitalizing on a rare window to exercise their power over non-US-based companies.
GSF report says radical changes to container shipping market need new solutions
15 November 2016
Radical changes to the shape and structure of the container shipping market mean ship operators and their customers need to develop new commercial approaches, as outlined in a major new report published today by the Global Shippers Forum (GSF).
Sri Lanka shippers' Council salutes the Ghana Minister of Maritime Authority for recognizing the plight of its shippers.
30 September 2016
Stop charging 'killer tariffs' - Minister Orders shipping lines in a statement Friday, the Minister said: “Terminal Handling Charges (THC) cannot be introduced at the ports in Ghana as a local charge.”
Reforms in the Shipping Industry
30 September 2016
This is a response to the allegations from a new set of service providers who are trying to mislead the Government on shipping and trade, once again to distort the freight market in Sri Lanka
46th AGM Sri Lanka Shippers' Council 2016-2017
31 August 2016
46th Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Shippers' Council was held on 29th July 2016 at the Board Room of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sean Van Dort re-elected as the Chairman for the year 2016/2017. Thereafter Mr. Chrisso De Mel was re-elected as 1st Vice Chairman and 2nd Vice Chairman respectively.
Media Release: GSF welcomes new board member
25 August 2016
Sean is Head of Commercial & Logistics at MAS Holdings - a $1.6bn conglomerate, positioned as one of the world's most recognised design–to-delivery solution providers in the clothing and textile manufacture sector. MAS, which has its headquarters in Sri Lanka, has 48 manufacturing facilities across 15 countries with over 79,000 people involved in its operation.
Global Shippers' Forum Chief hails SL's strong competition laws
02 August 2016
Global Shippers' Forum Chairman Robert Ballantyne has praised Sri Lanka's efforts to ensure strong competition laws to eradicate anti-competitive practices that have a negative impact on global trade.
GSF announces plan to stop container surcharges
02 August 2016
The ambitious goal to end the imposition of container shipping surcharges within five years has been adopted by the GSF at its Annual Meeting currently taking place in Colombo, Sri Lanka this week.
New container weighing rules: GSF says unjustified VGM charges are unacceptable
04 July 2016
The new container weighing regulations which take effect globally today, 1 July 2016, were introduced to enhance maritime safety and reduce the dangers to containerships, their crews and all those involved throughout the maritime supply chain.
Guidance on the implementation of the SOLAS VI Regulation 2 amendment
29 June 2016
Guidance on the implementation of the SOLAS VI Regulation 2 amendment requiring the verification of the gross mass of packed containers (Container Weight Verification)
Media Release - Shippers Council ICC Transport Guideline
29 June 2016
The Sri Lanka Shippers Council, an affiliated trade body of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce welcomes the International Chamber of Commerce Global Guide on transport and the Incoterms 2010 Rules.
Annual Report & Accounts 2015/2016
23 June 2016
The activities of the Council have been focused on issues faced by shippers on shipping and their operational activities. The Council always performed a lead role in resolving problems and serve as the focal point where various shipping and port, Airport & other authorities’ related matters are brought up and discussed. In addition, the Council largely contributes in advising the Government authorities on matters relating to port and shipping whenever its advice is sought after.
Shippers Council confers honorary membership on Chullantè Jayasuriya
04 May 2016
The Sri Lanka Shippers Council conferred honorary membership on Mr. Chullantè Jayasuriya the former Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, on March 16, 2016, at a ceremony which was held at The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.