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11 July 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 22:59 GMT+2

May 14, 2019

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The shipowning industry world-wide nozzle an alarm for the escalation of the war of the custom offices

ICS, ASA and ECSA anticipate two position paper near the WTO

The war of the custom offices in course between the USA and China, with the escalation of the tariff fight between the two nations hinge of the world-wide economy, is seriously alarming the shipowners of all the world. A delegation of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), of the Asian Shipowners' Association (ASA) and of the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) has manifested near World Trade Organization (WTO) the worry of the field for the recent protezionistiche measures in two position paper that they are introduced to the World-wide Organization of the Commerce, in which world-wide the shipowning industry remembers of being "been committed for the safeguard and the promotion of the policies and the principles of the free commerce all over the world".

In two documents ICS, ASA and ECSA evidence that by the 2017 restrictive commercial measures on the imports seven times are increased very, with 137 new restrictive norms instituted between 2017 and 2018, and that this represents an ulterior cost pairs to 588,3 billion dollars for the total commercial exchanges.

"It is not a case - it has emphasized the vice general secretary of the ICS, Simon Bennett, in occasion of the today's presentation of two documents to the WTO - than the considerable increase of the total economy and therefore of the question of marine services found in last the 25 years they are continuations to the constitution of the WTO in 1995. Currently world-wide the marine commerce is of beyond ten billions of tons of goods per year, but - it has observed Bennett - the efficiency of the marine field depends on a commercial system based on rules. This demands the negotiation and the adhesion to the multilateral commercial agreements under the aegis of the WTO. Recently this history of success has been object of critics and unwarrantable threats by some governments, between which that the United States, that they have undermined the role of the WTO as regolator of the international commerce. Not there are winners - it has concluded the vice general secretary of the International Chamber of Shipping - when the rates are increased unilaterally, reason for which the better place in order to face the controversies it is within the WTO".

The director of the marine and commercial policies of the shipowning association European ECSA, Lieselot Marinus, has specified that the shipowners are worried also for the increase of specific protezionistiche measures for the field of the marine transport, in particular for the limitation of quotas transports, measures based on which - it has explained - "the international cargo transport comes classified to ships of national flag, undermining the loyal competition and the parity of conditions to total level".

The general secretary of the ASA, Ang Chin Eng, has turned an exhortation to the governments: "the world-wide industry of the shipping - it has declared - asks the world-wide community and the Member States for the WTO to continue to support the WTO and its several functions, that they help to govern and to maintain carrying out itself of world-wide the commercial exchanges in the interest of all the nations efficient".

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