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52007/TPT-WG29/MEG/003_v2

ANNEX

Interim Report on “Review of the Status of Implementing APEC

Common Principles to Shipping Policy”

Introduction

To make a step forward to achieve the Bogor Goals, the Maritime Expert Group (MEG) agreed at the 25th APEC TPT-WG meeting in Washington DC in June 2005 that the Bogor Goals can be achieved by adopting the nine policy elements of the Facilitation of International Shipping Project. To ascertain the extent to which APEC Common Principle on Shipping Policy has been implemented each member economy was asked to respond to a questionnaire.

As of the 8th of June, 2007, 18 member economies have responded to the questionnaire and this is an interim report of the summary of the response of each items.

Summary of the status of the implementation of APEC Common Principles to Shipping Policy

Policy Item 1: Framework for Common Principles to Shipping Policy

APEC member economies consider adopting a general framework for the development of future maritime policy. This framework would incorporate the following six guidelines:

That the special character of shipping as an international activity creates a need for the coordination and harmonisation of shipping polices.

That free and fair competition is the most effective means of ensuring the provision of the adequate and economic maritime services required by international trade.

That there is a need to maintain an equitable balance of interest between shipper and shipowners, bearing in mind the long term interest of consumers.

That there should be no discrimination between the citizens and businesses of APEC economies in access to cargoes or port facilities, or in access to investment or business opportunities in maritime auxiliary and intermodal services.

That particular economies may need to provide some measure of support to their national shipping industries, either for national security reasons or in order to build a national maritime capability.

That any such support should be delivered by mechanisms that minimise any adverse consequence for the efficiency and flexibility of international maritime transport.

As a whole, member economies engage actively in international fora such as the IMO to facilitate coordination and harmonization of shipping policies.  

Following member economies have responded to the questionnaire:

Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore and the United States of America.

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