The Shipbrokers Club was launched on December 9, 2009. After 10 years lead time, the Club was legally registered in Tianjin on Sep 27, 2020.
As the first shipbroker organization in China, its establishment was viewed as a significant step for Shanghai to regain its past glory as an international shipping center.
It took decades for the government to recognize ship brokering as a legitimate business, even though its presence started in mainland China as early as the 1980s.
Before their legal status was formalized in 2010, brokerage houses set up liaison offices in mainland China and settled their transactions aboard. But such practices impeded broking firms’ long-term development, especially in the case of Chinese local players, who were restricted from establishing entities overseas.
Pushing for the legalization of registration of shipbroking houses in mainland China was immediately at the top of the Club’s agenda after its establishment. Our efforts paid off in July 2010 when nine of our member companies were successfully registered in Shanghai.
As a non-profit organization, the mission of the Club is to promote the overall development of the shipbroking industry in China and help strengthen their positions.
The Club itself does not engage in shipbroking business, so it poses no threat of competition to ship brokers. As a result, it was well received by shipowners, shipyards, classification societies, law firms, banks and other organizations that request ship trading information and in turn enhances the communication among them, which provides our members more business opportunities and exposure to their clients.
It acts as a professional marketplace connecting the upstream and downstream of the shipping and shipbuilding sectors, highlighted by its close ties with the Dongjiang Shipping Exchange in Tianjin, where a Free Trade Zone has been established to facilitate trading activities, including finance.
Moreover, most directors of the Club are the panel members of China Newbuilding Price Index (CNPI), a well-known newbuilding price index composed of 21 ship brokerage houses both in China and abroad since 2011.
Another major service of the Club is to provide useful trainings and lectures for the industry, including those given by renowned maritime lawyers, brokers, executives of shipping companies and experts in the field of chartering, sales & purchase, newbuilding, etc. The entry-level courses complete the last mile of the journey between the maritime colleges and actual market demand for skilled workforce, creating employment opportunities for college graduates. Advanced courses offer industry professionals an opportunity to improve their skills and move up another rung on their career ladder.
In addition, the Club also provides recruiting services to brokerage houses, with advertisement that can be published on our website and/or Wechat platform.
Last but not least, the Club also holds forums, seminars, cocktail parties, sports events and other activities to provide a platform for information exchange and deepen the understanding between shipbrokers and their principals.
Mr. Liu Xunliang
China Newbuilding Price Index Co.,Ltd
Mr. Han Zhen
Haidley Shipping Limited
Mr. Ji Wenguang
Ms. Ingrid Liu
OPTIMA SHIPBROKERS (Shanghai)
Mr. Wu ye
Hartland Shipping Services (Shanghai)
Mr. Li Guangcheng
Howe Robinson Partners Shanghai Office
Mr. Zhou Qi
Sloma & Co.
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