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ELAA shuts down July 1, World Shipping Council takes over


THE European Liner Affairs Association (ELAA), the body created in response to the banning of the Far East Freight Conference by the EU in 2008, has declared its job done and its surviving functions will be assumed by World Shipping Council (WSC) from July 1.

ELAA members agreed at their Taipei meeting March 17 that the organisation had completed the tasks for which it was set up, and therefore should be closed.

The members took the view that there was unlikely to be any new regulatory issues for the industry before the renewal of the EU’s Guidelines in 2013, said the ELAA statement.

Regulatory issues will be handled by the Brussels office of the Washington-based World Shipping Council (WSC), the main international body representing global general cargo and container shipping.

WSC responsibilities will not be extended to the ELAA database, said the ELAA statement, but later added: The [ELAA] members agreed that this system organised by the ELAA subsidiary CTS [Container Trade Statistics Limited] should now be extended to non-European trades.

And later still: How the database activities will be organised in future is being discussed by members and the matter is to be settled at the next members meeting in September. The industry is working towards a structure whereby CTS will become an independent stand alone company that will work with and for the lines.

Said ELAA executive director Chris Bourne: This reporting system and database is the true legacy of ELAA as the liner industry needs accurate data to manage its business in future years.

The ELAA members discussed the future of the database, and agreed that the system organised by the ELAA subsidiary CTS should now be extended to non-European trades. This will be implemented over the next year and will result in the liner industry being supplied, for the first time, with an accurate volume and rate database, said the statement.

The ELAA was established in 2003 to deal with the prospect of the European Union’s directorate general for competition (DG Comp) banning of rate-setting shipping conferences, a measure carried out by the EU in October 2008.





 

 
 
 
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