Shipping Policy

Shipping is the backbone of global trade, enabling the import and export of affordable goods on a scale that is not possible with other transport modes. Global economic growth has been stimulated through free trade, the liberalisation of national economies and open access to global markets.

Due consideration should be given to the removal of any maritime transport cargo reservation and other trade- restrictive measures, which are already in effect, so as to enhance the competitiveness of national economies and the access of local importers and exporters to efficient maritime transport services.

In the context of the new EU Trade Policy, the European Commission (EC) services should renew focus on strengthening multilateralism and reforming global trade rules to ensure that they are fair and sustainable. Maritime transport provisions should be an inextricable part of EU bilateral or multilateral free trade agreements with third countries and should not be the victim of negotiating trade-offs.

All national economies would benefit from the removal of remaining barriers to the conduct of efficient international maritime trade.

Shipping should remain a political priority of the EU trade and external relations policies.