Shippers representatives from Asia, Africa and Europe will meet in Sri Lanka this week to discuss key issues affecting shipping globally.
The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) holds its annual meeting on 28 and 29 July in Colombo, where a packed agenda will cover pressing topics including mega ships and alliances, container weight verification, carrier surcharges and trade facilitation, shipping and air transport emissions and air cargo issues.
The event is hosted by the Sri Lankan Shippers’ Council, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and features prominent contributors such as Edmund Hughes from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and Djibo Boubacar, Director of the Air Transport Bureau at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
GSF Secretary General Chris Welsh said: “we are also honoured that Mr. Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Hon. Mr. Ranatunga will be attending the Sri Lanka 50th Anniversary and GSF Gala Dinner”.
Chris Welsh added: “There are some really crucial issues that we’ll be exploring in detail, not only for those who ship by sea but also concerning air cargo. The restrictions on transporting lithium batteries on passenger planes and the ban on direct flights from Bangladesh to the UK will be high on the agenda as will be the new emerging market structure for liner shipping and its impacts on shippers.“IMO’s new container weighing rules which came into force on 1 July and the impact on competition of mega ships and alliances will also be hot topics of discussion – it promises to be a busy couple of days!”
Those represented at the event include household names such as Marks and Spencer who source goods from around the world and other prominent global shippers, participating in key sessions via tele-conferencing facilities.