in partnership with
organising the SHIPPER FORUM 2003
on 12 June 2003 in ANTWERP, Belgium
Time for change – a change for the better”
business practices for shippers and carriers in liner shipping
is time for a change. A
change that accepts the global and intricate nature of supply
chains; a change that acknowledges current ways of conducting
business and contracting shipping, distribution and logistics
solutions that integrate with bigger, more important supply chain
invite shippers, the liner shipping industry, European governments
and their officials, competition lawyers and the European
Commission to participate in an open, frank and investigative
debate. The aims are to achieve mutual recognition and
understanding of the implications of change:
identify together what the changes are in global trade, supply
chain management and business practices that require change
from all involved in the logistics chain;
discuss how the legal framework that governs business practice
should be changed.
European Commission is conducting a review of the competition
regulations governing liner shipping conferences. For over a
decade shippers and shipping lines have been at logger-heads over
the block exemption from competition rules that shipping lines enjoy.
Shippers say it makes business for them harder and more
expensive; shipping lines say it creates stability in the global
liner shipping market. What
are the facts? Where lies the truth?
forum will divide into 2 parts:
With a lead given by EC Competition Commissioner, Mario Monti,
the forum will explore the regulatory framework and its impacts -
past, present and future.
The forum will examine the business to business environment,
practices, contracts, trends and, importantly, the repercussions
of these on the liner shipping industry.
change has to be for the better or else it is not worth the
effort. To achieve
change for the better will take great efforts from all involved and
affected. It can only
be right for this change-process to involve all the parties: the
European Shippers’ Council commends this Forum as a major
contribution to this aim.
look forward to meeting you and debating these matters with you in
Antwerp on 12 June 2003
European Shippers' Council