The permanent secretariat of the Asian Shippers’ Council (ASC) has moved to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) from June 1, the CCC said.
The ASC is the world’s largest shippers’ body and its permanent secretariat was previously located in Singapore. However, at the 5th Annual meeting of the ASC, held in Colombo in August 2009, it was decided to relocate the permanent secretariat to Sri Lanka.
The ASC consists of 20 shippers’ councils from 16 countries in the five regions and represents South East Asia (ASEAN) North East Asia, China Region, South Asia (SAARC) and Oceania.
“The Council will actively contribute, through it mandate, to improve the efficiency in the global supply chain and will recommend policy directions in respect of, trade, transparency and matters concerning the transport industry and the environment,” said the statement.
Currently the ASC is involved in drafting policy papers with the competition commissions in member countries and has made submissions to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) drafting committee, for the new rules for the ‘Incoterms 2010’ edition.
A member task force is also studying the new UN initiated liability regime ‘Rotterdam rules’ to advise Asian governments.(DS)