European shipowners want free access to transports between Chinese ports. The demand was made at a recent summit in China involving representatives from the EU, the Chinese Ministry of Transport and shipowning interests from both parties.
"The key point for European shipowners in these maritime talks is to open up market access barriers for international shipping. The Chinese government started last year a promising Free Trade Zone pilot project in Shanghai which is expected to extend to other ports. But foreign-owned shipping companies are still not permitted to transport international cargo between Chinese ports," says Patrick Verhoeven, Secretary General of the European Community Shipowners' Association, ECSA.