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ICS OPENS HONG KONG OFFICE

Friday, November 22, 2019 

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has opened a China Liaison Office in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), in order to aid ever closer relations between the global shipping industry, – which ICS represents – the Government of China and the China Shipowners’ Association.

The Chinese approach of ‘one country, two systems’ means that Hong Kong SAR was the obvious location for the new office, providing a bridge between China and the rest of the maritime world.

ICS Chairman Esben Poulsson said: “The opening of an ICS Liaison Office in Hong Kong reflects the importance, and the influential role that Asian economies, and particularly China, play on the international stage. China is of course a hub for global shipping and it has never been more important to promote and champion the positive impact trade has across the globe. We at ICS are proud to enjoy strong relationships with China, particularly with the representatives at the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London. Shipping is a global industry requiring global rules to operate safely and efficiently. As a major maritime power, China's strong engagement with IMO is a source for good, as well as being of critical importance for international shipping.”

The Principal Representative of the ICS China Liaison Office, Edward Liu, said: “I am proud to be playing a role in fostering positive relations between the ICS, the Government of China, the Government of Hong Kong SAR, the China Shipowners’ Association, and the Hong Kong Shipowners Association. China’s economy is on the verge of becoming the largest in the world. In terms of maritime imports/exports it is already the most important for its impact on global demand for maritime trade. It is vital that we have a presence here and this new office reflects our efforts to boost our presence in this region. The core objective for the ICS is maintaining China’s strong support for a global system of maritime governance during the immediate years ahead.  The impact of Chinese domestic regulations on non-Chinese ships trading to China is also of increasing importance to ICS members.”

The immediate function of the new ICS office will be to increase mutual co-operation and understanding between the Government of China and ICS with respect to important longer term regulatory issues now being considered at the global level. These issues include the delivery of the IMO GHG reduction strategy, the maintenance of maritime free trade and a rules-based global trading system.   

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