The CEO's of the world's major liner shipping companies decided to create the World Shipping Council (WSC) in 2000. The WSC was originally formed to interface with the U.S. government on behalf of the international liner shipping industry.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, WSC and its member companies forged a close working relationship with the U.S. government, the European Commission, and international organizations to develop new laws, regulations and programs designed to better secure international maritime commerce and the thousands of supply chains that importers and exporters around the world depend upon. In 2007 WSC opened a full time office in Brussels to better support the industry's cooperative efforts with the European Commission to develop enhanced customs and maritime security regimes for the European Union.
In addition to trade, security and customs initiatives, environmental issues have been a very active area of new policy development. WSC and its liner shipping companies have been at the forefront of supporting the establishment of new, effective, and internationally uniform environmental standards. In 2009, the WSC was granted Consultative Status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) where it participates and supports that organization's development and oversight of safety, security, environmental, and other maritime regulatory matters.
Today, the World Shipping Council is recognized as a respected advisor to industry and governments in all of these areas as well as an active participant in policy debates that will affect the liner shipping industry, its customers, and the economic vitality of all trading nations.