For many years ICHCA has enjoyed non governmental (NGO) consultative status with a number of intergovernmental agencies whose programme of work impacts on the activities of the international cargo handling and transportation industry.

Perhaps the chief amongst these are the International Maritime Organization (IMO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD, United Nations Economic and Social Councils (ECOSOC) particularly for Europe (UNECE), Asia Pacific (ESCAP), European Council of Ministers of Transport (ECMT), European Commission (EC), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

ICHCA also maintains observer and liaison status with a number of international industry bodies and takes an active role in several international industry fora.

These organisations include the International Standards Organisation (ISO), European Standards Organisation (CEN), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH).

ICHCA has made an important contribution to the debate on a wide range of industry issues around the world and, in many cases, has had a direct effect on the formation of international regulations and legislation. Our representative function is carried out by staff of the International Secretariat as well as ICHCA Panel members and others. Details of such activities are reported in Cargo Today.


One of the ways in which ICHCA fulfils its object of promoting efficiency in the movement of goods by all modes of transport and at all phases of the transport chain is through the work of its Panels of industry experts.