Public Statements



International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations with 170 Member States. Its main role has been to develop and maintain a consistent regulatory framework for international shipping with particular focus on the areas of safety, security, environment and technical co-operation.  The World Shipping Council (WSC) has been granted consultative status to participate in all IMO meetings and provide liner shipping expertise to the Member States. Most of the IMO’s work is carried out in a number of committees and sub-committees, where WSC is an active participant. 

Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC)

This Committee is the IMO’s senior technical body for marine pollution related matters and WSC submissions to MEPC can be found here.

Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)

This IMO Committee deals with all matters relating to the safety of shipping as well as addressing maritime security issues, including piracy and armed robbery against ships. WSC submissions to MSC can be found here

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a network of more than 150 national standards institutes that develops specifications and criteria that can be applied consistently around the world in the classification of materials, the manufacture of products and the provision of services.

More information about the ISO can be found at

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM)

The FAO CPM is the governing body overseeing implementation of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and as such sets standards designed to prevent plant pests being spread through international trade, while ensuring that countries do not use plant protection regulations to protect their domestic producers.

The World Shipping Council (WSC) together with the Containers Owners Association (COA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) filed joint comments on the CPM's proposed International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) for minimizing pest movements by sea containers. (August 2013). Read the comments.