Chapter TTM15200

CourtHM Revenue & Customs
Record NumberTTM15200
Published date19 March 2016

Below are listed the principal shipping organisation affecting the shipping industry of the United Kingdom:

Organisation Abbreviation Function
American Bureau of Shipping ABS American classification society (see TTM15030)
Baltic and International Maritime Conference BIMCO World’s largest shipping organisation with broad membership. Functions include a representative body, advice service to members, and publishing of standard charterparty and sale & purchase documents, (see TTM15110).
Baltic Exchange Baltic Shipping market in London, for shipowners, brokers, agents, managers and operators, particularly those in bulk market
British International Freight Association BIFA Representative body of freight forwarders and the operators of road, rail, maritime intermodal and air freight services. Supports a code of conduct for members, training programmes, lobbies governments and publishes standard freight forwarding agreements.
British Shippers’ Council BSC Represents the interest of shippers using air and sea transport
Bureau Veritas (France) BV French classification society (see TTM15030)
Chamber of Shipping of the United Kingdom (The) CoS Represents the interests of British shipowners and ship managers. Covers all issues on British shipping and its various sectors. The CoS was a principal proponent for the development of the UK’s Tonnage Tax.
China Classification Society CCS Chinese classification society (see TTM15030)
Department for Transport DfT Ministry responsible for transport in the UK, including shipping. Certifies and monitors the training requirement of tonnage tax companies. See TTM04020
Det Norske Veritas (Norway) DNV Norwegian classification society (see TTM15030)
Germanischer Lloyd (Germany) GL German classification society (see TTM15030)
Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd (DNV & GL merged in September 2013) DNV GL Norwegian/German classification society (See [TTM15030](https://www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manuals/tonnage-tax-manual/ttm15030))
Hellenic Register of Shipping HRS Greek classification society (see TTM15030)
Indian Register of Shipping IRS Indian classification society (see TTM15030)
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers ICS International body based in London, offering professional qualifications to shipbrokers (FICS and MRCS)
International Association of Classification Societies IACS
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