Australia joins the Asian Shippers Alliance


Petaling Jaya, Selangor Malaysia – Wednesday 13 September 2023


The Asian Shippers Alliance (ASA) welcomes the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) as Australia’s
representative to the influential regional coalition of peak trade organisations.
YBhg Dato’ Dr Ir Andy Seo, Chair of the Malaysian National Shippers’ Council (MNSC) and ASA
acknowledged the importance of this development adding to the alliance that has existing shipper council
representation from Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, Macau, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Malaysia
“We warmly welcome APSA to the ASA with Australia being a vitally important trading nation in our region.
This allows us to collectively build on the opportunities of our geographic proximity, economic complementary,
mutual need for trade diversification and network of trade agreements established by our respective
“As a part of our strength through a growing membership, we have an opportunity to deliver on key policy
reform including a need for minimum service levels and a focus on shipping competition law to provide
safeguards to our exporters and importers for services provided by foreign owned carriers” Dr Andy said
Paul Zalai, Secretariat of APSA noted that Asia and Australia share bright economic growth prospects with a
strong basis to significantly expand commercial links to advance mutual prosperity and security. “Australia
stands to benefit from, and contribute to, this growth by being a reliable and high-quality supplier of
commodities, including agriculture, minerals, and energy.”
“We share the vision of the ASA for the need for a dependable, fair, and predictable shipping and logistics
services within the region to help our respective nations prosper. We are privileged to join the ASA and look
forward to collaboration with key stakeholders across commerce and government to achieve necessary
reforms to facilitate international trade.” Paul said
Asian Shippers Alliance (ASA)
The objective of ASA is to intervene in the field of international transport and trade in a joint and coordinated
way to promote the evolution of regulation, markets, and practices, which will enhance and better facilitate
the flow of goods between trading nations.

YBhg Dato’ Dr Ir Andy Seo Chair, Asian Shippers Alliance (ASA)
Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA)

Paul Zalai Secretariat, Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA)