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FONASBA

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FONASBA is the only organisation representing the global ship agency and ship broking professions. Established in 1969 it now has members in 60 countries, including all major maritime and trading nations. Its remit is to “promote and protect the professions of ship agency and ship broking worldwide”, a task which it undertakes through dialogue with its member associations and its consultative status with IMO, UNCTAD, UNCITRAL and the World Customs Organisation and through close and regular dialogue with the European Commission and other regional bodies. FONASBA also enjoys reciprocal memberships with the Baltic Exchange, BIMCO, Comité Maritime International, the International Port Community Systems Association, INTERTANKO, indemnity insurer ITIC and the Shipbrokers’ Register and works closely with other bodies, both internationally and in Europe. ECASBA is the European Committee of FONASBA, representing member associations in 22 full and candidate European Union Member States and in the European Economic Area.  

The Federation provides effective and relevant services to its members and the international maritime community, including the FONASBA Quality Standard, the only quality programme directly relevant to ship brokers and ship agents. The FONASBA Agent Diploma supplements the educational programmes offered by its Member associations. FONASBA has also collaborated with BIMCO in issuing the FONASBA BIMCO Agency Appointment and General Agency Appointment forms. 

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