GSF and BIMCO promote readymade service contract for shippers and carriers.

5 September, 17

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) and BIMCO, the world’s largest shipping association, have released a jointly produced video to promote the benefits of using their “readymade” standard service contract, SERVICECON. The video is aimed primarily at small to medium sized shippers which may not have the resources to develop their own service agreement. It features GSF’s Chris Welsh and Marfret’s Erwann Merrien in discussion with Grant Hunter from BIMCO. All three were involved in the development of SERVICECON. They discuss the benefits of using SERVICECON from a shipper’s and a carrier’s viewpoint and highlight the key features of the contract. The video is available to watch free of charge from BIMCO’s and GSF’s websites.

The video can be viewed here (41 minutes runtime):

According to Chris Welsh, Secretary General at the GSF, “SERVICECON has been written by a team of shippers and carriers – it’s a cross-industry initiative. It’s a simple, fair and easy to use readymade contract that covers all the main issues that need to be dealt with in a service agreement. It’s an ideal starting point for negotiations for any small to medium sized shipper.”

Erwann Merrien, General Counsel at Marseilles-based Marfret, added, “We have used SERVICECON ourselves. It really helps that the contract comes from two big representative organisations of shippers and carriers – that makes it much more acceptable to shippers. And it’s a really straightforward contract to use – it just has the basics of what’s needed.”

Grant Hunter, Head of Contracts and Clauses at BIMCO, commented: “BIMCO feels that there is real value for shippers and carriers in this collaboration with the GSF. There are a lot of unnecessarily long and overly detailed service contracts in circulation. SERVICECON provides a neutral starting point for negotiations – a fair and balanced contract stripped down to its bare bones. It’s a really big help for small to medium sized shippers when dealing with carriers.”

SERVICECON is available to download free of charge along with explanatory notes from and



About GSF

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) is the global voice for shippers, created in 2006 as the successor to the Tripartite Shippers’ Group, first organised in 1994.  Like the Tripartite Shippers’ Group, the GSF represents the interests of various national and regional shippers’ organisations in Asia, Europe, North and South America and Africa.  The GSF is focused on the impact of commercial developments in the international freight transportation industry and the policy decisions of governments and international organisations that affect shippers and receivers of freight.  The GSF was formally incorporated and registered as a non-governmental organisation in the United Kingdom in June 2011.


BIMCO is the world’s largest international shipping association, with 2,100 members in more than 120 countries. Our global membership includes ship owners, operators, managers, brokers and agents. Our vision is to be the chosen partner trusted to provide leadership to the global industry. Our mission is to provide expert knowledge and practical advice to safeguard and add value to our members’ businesses.

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