About Us

The Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers & Agents (FONASBA) provides a united voice for the world’s ship brokers and agents. Founded in 1969, the organisation promotes fair and equitable practices and ensures that the needs of our members are understood at international, regional and individual national level across the maritime industry.

FONASBA maintains a close watch on all developments of interest and concern to the ship broking and ship agency professions and takes appropriate action to ensure that those interests are protected.

Our Federation has consultative status at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) and the World Customs Organisation (WCO).  We also work closely with ship owning bodies BIMCO, Intercargo and Intertanko.

FONASBA’s relationship with the European Commission is effected through one of its Standing Committees, the European Community Association of Ship Brokers & Agents (ECASBA). ECASBA provides input into European seaport, port services, short sea shipping, shipping safety and EDI policies as well as customs and administrative procedures. ECASBA is a member of the European Commission’s Trade Contact Group on customs matters and the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum.

FONASBA has two other Standing Committees, the Chartering & Documentary and Liner & Port Agency committees, which are responsible for supporting the membership in those areas of expertise.

Our membership is made up of 55 countries, represented by 45 national associations of ship brokers and agents with a further 10 countries represented by associate or candidate members. Individual companies are also eligible to join.

All members of  national associations which make up FONASBA are encouraged to obtain the FONASBA Quality Standard, proving their financial standing and commitment to quality.

FONASBA is based at London’s Baltic Exchange.

A detailed summary of the benefits of membership of FONASBA can be found in this document: FONASBA MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS 2016