Completed in October 2008, this project involved the creation of an independent private sector institution, the Palestinian Shippers´ Council (PSC)
, that represents and promotes the interests of Palestinian shippers (importers and exporters) and industries that are end-users of maritime shipping, air freight and land transport.
With funds from the European Commission, project activities were implemented over a three-year period and entailed:
- establishing the PSC initial set-up and governing body;
- convening the first general assembly and electing the first Board of Directors;
- assisting the PSC in establishing sound management systems; and
- delivering thematic training workshops to Palestinian shippers.
Moreover, several international study tours were organized to expose the PSC to the different aspects, processes and stages of maritime and overland trade-related transport activities, and to assist it in establishing direct lines of communication with relevant authorities.
Today, the PSC is a well-established institution with offices in Ramallah and Gaza, and a growing membership of 370 members from across the oPt.
It is governed by an elected chairperson and an elected Board of Directors, who represent the General Assembly of regular (voting) members (shippers) and associate (non-voting) members (forwarders, transporters, trade-promotion and industrial or professional associations etc). The Board of Directors is assisted by a dynamic management with well-trained staff and modern management systems.
The PSC has successfully established itself as a focal point for solving the problems reported to it by its members, with tangible benefits for the shipping community in terms of cost reductions and trade opportunities. The council is also involved in supporting efforts to facilitate Palestinian trade through/with Jordan and Egypt.
PSC members and the Palestinian shipping community at large benefit from the PSC´s training workshops on such issues such as export and import documentation and supply chain management.
Members also receive regular, up-to-date information on port and border crossing regulations, activity, charges and conditions for Palestinian shippers.