It has been three years since ESC and MARE
first came together to organise the annual Shipper
Forum and to pursue a common goal.
That goal has been to establish the Shipper
Forum as more than just another maritime event, but the
definitive forum in which issues concerning the customers
and suppliers of the entire shipping and supply chain can be
During the previous Forums discussions have
revolved around the theme of change. Change in security
standards, change in business practices, change in
regulatory and legal framework and change and its impact on
The 2004 edition of the annual
Shipper’s Forum has taken the past into account, and will
assess today’s issues while looking toward the future.
The 9th annual Shipper Forum 2004 is
all about getting down to business.
The business of trade within Europe, where a forecast on
cargo corridors for 2010 and beyond will predict effects on
ports, terminals, shippers, shipowners and operators.
The business of short sea shipping where regulators,
customers and operators will tell it like it is and lend
some insight to how it should be.
The business of intermodal shipping, where a special round
table session will debate the impact of varying standards of
infrastructure on logistics chains.
The business of freight transport, where key
members of the European Freight Transport Branch will take a
long hard look in the mirror and tell us what it sees in
terms of security and its impact on operations and commerce.
And finally, the
business of making a profit, where shipowners, terminal
operators, logistics service providers and shippers will
draw their own bottom line in a debate on the controversial
liner shipping block exemption regulation.
The partnership between European Shippers’
Council and Mare Forum in producing the annual Shippers’
Forum has succeeded in creating the definitive forum for the
maritime supply chain and the 2004 Shipper Forum will once
again identify, examine and debate key issues for the
It is an event not to be
missed, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Forum on
October 13th in Rotterdam.
MARE FORUM B.V.
Beurs - World Trade Center
P.O. Box 30027
3001 DA Rotterdam
+31.10.281 06 55
F: +31.10.270 98 70
van der Jagt
ESC, European Shippers' Council
Rue Wiertz, 50
tel. +32 (0)2 23021 13
fax: +32 (0)2 230 4140