Public Statements

Other Public Statements

The World Shipping Council periodically releases public statements that are not part of the regulatory or lawmaking process yet address an issue that is important to the liner shipping industry. Most of these statements can also be found elsewhere on the website under the relevant topic in the Industry Issues or About the Industry sections of the website.

May 17, 2021. The shipping industry launches the Gulf of Guinea Declaration on Suppression of Piracy. WSC joins 99 maritime companies, organisations and flag states who have signed the Gulf of Guinea Declaration on Suppression of Piracy. The attacks on merchant ships in the Gulf of Guinea by Nigerian pirates must end. 

April 28, 2021. The World Shipping Council, together with its partners in the Cargo Integrity Group, has issued a joint statement by on the avoidance of visible pest contamination of freight containers and their cargoes. The statement is addressed to the national and international plant protection agencies and other agencies responsible for facilitating international trade. Read the full statement here.

March 22, 2021. The World Shipping Council, together with ICS, IGP&I, ECSA and ASA, have published a paper on Containers Lost at Sea - Liability & Insurance, urging governments that have not already done so to ratify and implement the the 2007 Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention (WRC), the 2010 Hazardous and Noxious Substances Convention (HNSC) and the 1996 Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC). These help ensure that claimants have access to compensation for the costs associated with the recovery of containers lost overboard from ships at sea, and damage arising from the containers or their contents. Read the full paper here. 

February 2, 2021. The World Shipping Council and the PMSA respond to a letter from the State of California on the topic of the Covid-19 cargo crunch. Read full letter here.

December 28, 2020. The World Shipping Council responds to a letter from the FMC to WSC members on the topic of the Covid-19 cargo crunch. Read full letter here. 

The World Shipping Council responds to request for comments by the the Brazilian Agência Nacional de Transportes Aquaviários (ANTAQ) is on the basis for and practices associated with the collection of charges related to detention and demurrage, extra-freight values and surcharges, and terminal handling charges. 

The World Shipping Council publishes a discussion paper: "Shipping in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS): An Evaluation of Regional Regulations Applied on an Extraterritorial Basis" (10 September 2020)

The World Shipping Council issues a statement in response to a paper issued by the Global Shippers' Forum regarding the state of the Liner Shipping Industry. (November 14, 2016)

The World Shipping Council urgently requests that the U.S. Coast Guard clarify the U.S. position on the implementation of SOLAS amendments governing container weighing requirements. (March 3, 2016) Read the letter.

The World Shipping Council issues comments in response to a position paper issued by the Agricultural Transportation Coalition (AgTC) regarding the implemenation of SOLAS amendments governing container weighing requirements. (February 11, 2016)


The World Shpping Council responds to comments made and questions raised regarding detention and demurrage practices in the the U.S. in a May 7, 2015 letter to Mario Cordero, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. 

The World Shipping Council submitted comments to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) regarding the ACP's Proposal to Increase Tolls effective July 1, 2012.  

The World Shipping Council evaluated the various sources of information regarding global container supply and published its findings in May 2011.

 The World Shipping Council together with the Government of Japan issued a paper entitled "Design and Implementation of the Vessel Efficiency Incentive Scheme (EIS)"  providing an explanation of how this innovative carbon emission reduction proposal would work, and why it offiers effciency, cost, and environmental advantages when compared to other proposals. (July 2011) The EIS is a further refinement of the previous proposal that was submitted by the World Shipping Council to the IMO in January 2010.

 The World Shipping Council (WSC) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) issued a joint statement to explain the problem with overweight containers, the efforts that have been undertaken to date to address the issue, and the reason that the industry is calling for a strong international solution to the problem from the International Maritime Organization (IMO). (December 2010Read the statement.

The World Shipping Council releases an analysis of H.R. 6167 and concludes that it could harm U.S. international trade. (October 2010) Read the analysis.

The World Shipping Council makes available a comprehensive presentation that explains European Union's Advance Cargo Security Rules. (September 28, 2010) See the Presentation.

The World Shipping Council urges careful and transparent review before making changes to U.S. shipping regulations. (September 23, 2010) Read the statement.

The World Shipping Council issues a statement on the cost of fuel as it relates to the cost of liner service operations. (May 2008) Read the statement.

The World Shipping Council issues a statement regarding Legislation to Require 100% Container Scanning. (July 30, 2007)  Read the statement.

World Shipping Council issues statement regarding February 2 enforcement of Customs Service's 24-Hour advance filing requirement. (January 14, 2003)  Read the statement.

On In-Transit Container Security Enhancement in cooperation with shipper organizations. (September 9, 2003) Read the white-paper.  

On Customs' Ability to Increase Cargo Inspections Without Disrupting Trade (June 6, 2003) Read the statement.

On liner shipping industry support of Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) (October 24, 2002) Read the statement.

On how the U.S. government is addressing maritime security and how that process may affect the industry and the flow of trade. (June 10, 2002) Read the paper.

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