Federation Council

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers represents the sectors of its Company Members through its Trade Association, Federation Council.

What is the Federation?

As a Council of the Institute, Federation acts as the representative body and Trade Association for Company Members. It is authorised to take decisions on behalf of the Company Membership, except where those decisions would affect the overall policy of the Institute, in which case any proposal shall require ratification by the Institute's governing body - Controlling Council.

Founded in 1984, Federation Council promotes and protects the interests of Shipbrokers, Managers, Port and Liner agents in consultation with the UK Government, statutory bodies and the European Commission. Federation is governed by a Council of 13 elected Company Member representatives together with the elected Officers of the Institute.

Federation manages a number of standing committees, which act and advise on behalf of members and the industry in their specific sectors.

Federation has permanent membership of a number of Government and industry consultative bodies, including HMRC, Home Office, DEFRA, DfT, DTI, MCA, SITPRO and the Chamber of Shipping.

It is also the recognised Government national contractor for certain-sector specific shipping business activities controlled by HMRC, DfT, and Trinity House. Federation also links with International organisations including FONASBA, ECASBA, BIMCO, the Baltic Exchange, Intertanko and Intercargo.