Shippers hit out at ‘exorbitant charges’

Shipping lines and service providers, mainly in Asia and Africa,are imposing exorbitant charges for questionable “administration fees” and other “services” in connection with the new verified gross mass (VGM) rules, says the Global Shippers Forum. The UK-headquartered GSF is calling for those charges to be withdrawn immediately and is currently a number of examples provided by its members and says it will be taking them up with the service providers These include ... [+]

Carbon cutting – it’s in your hands

With climate change talks getting underway in Paris, the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) has called on the shipping industry to reach agreement on carbon reduction measures - or risk having rules enforced. The GSF has released a statement on how the maritime sector should address the issue. It is keen to ... [+]

Do mega-alliances serve shippers?

Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) chief Chris Welsh has called for a debate on whether mega shipping alliances such as 2M, G6, CKYHE and O3 deliver real competition or if shippers and the container ship industry as a whole would be better served by fewer lines competing head-on.” Speaking at the Asian ... [+]

US ports strike – a sign of the nightmare to come?

Lack of port, road and rail infrastructure could create the ‘perfect storm’ for shipping – and the recent US West Coast port strike was a preview of a potentially nightmare scenario, warned the Global Shippers' Forum (GSF). Secretary-general, Chris Welsh told the Eurocoke Summit in Amsterdam on 14 April that increasing ... [+]

Shippers call for more monitoring of ‘unreliable’ alliances

The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has called for key performance indicators (KPIs) to give customers confidence that ocean shipping alliances can deliver tangible benefits such as reduced costs, competitive ocean rates and improved services for shippers. Speaking at the ‘Transport Week Conference’ in Gdansk, Poland, GSF secretary general Chris Welsh said ... [+]

New guide to container packing

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) has launched a new guide for shippers: “Working with containers-a keynote guide for managers.” It aims to provide a simple guide to the recently agreed voluntary code of Practice for the Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU), setting out the main sections of the new ... [+]

Shippers welcome emissions talks

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) has welcomed the inclusion of international shipping emissions on the UN Climate Change Conference (COP20) agenda currently taking place in Lima, Peru (1-12 December 2015). While, according to the latest third International Maritime Organisation greenhouse gas study, carbon emissions have reduced from 2.7% of emissions ... [+]

Shippers want clearer data on fuel

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) is calling for more information on the impact of maritime Emission Control Areas from 1 January 2015. With new requirements lowering the maximum allowed content of sulphur in the Baltic, North Sea, English Channel and within 200 miles of North America, only a few shipping lines ... [+]

Shippers call for carbon data

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) is calling for a data collection system to measure ships' carbon emissions. Shippers are under increasing pressure to be able to report Scope 3 (indirect carbon emissions) to customers and require this data from ship operators. It comes ahead of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Marine ... [+]

Shippers want ‘full investigation’ of P3 alliance

The Global Shippers’ Forum called for a full investigation of the proposed P3 shipping alliance’s impact on price and service of the at its third annual meeting in Los Angeles on 18 March. UK-headquartered GSF is urging US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and the European Commission to take steps to ensure ... [+]

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