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(23.07.2020) We are pleased to inform you that the Kiel Canal dues will be suspended from tomorrow  July 23rd, 00:01 am at least until December 31st, 2020. The Kiel Canal is Corona free!  Hygiene and distance rules are taken very seriously at the Kiel Canal. The result is convincing: Without a single COVID-19 case within the pilots, helmsmen and agents at the Kiel Canal, the Kiel Canal is the safest and most cost efficient shortcut into the Baltic Sea and vice versa.

(2.7.2020) We are glad to inform you that due to the successful efforts of the German Shipbrokers` Association and the “Initiative Kiel-Canal” the government agreed to suspend the Kiel-Canal dues until 31.12.2020. Since the regulation will only become effective upon publication in the official Federal Gazette, we expect this to happen in the course of next week.  This will result in a reduction of Kiel-Canal transit expenses by approximately 20 to25.  We will inform you immediately upon receipt of the effective date.

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(3.10.2018) UNCTAD published the new Review of Maritime Transport. Of cource with the our New ConTex for the Container sector.

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On March 9th, 1918, in the middle of the 1st World War the remaining shipbrokers in Altona, Bremen, Danzig, Hamburg, Königsberg, Lübeck, Stettin and Wismar combined their activites to gain influence with the then German Imperial Government and founded the German Ship Brokers' Association. This was the foundation for the nearly 100 year history of the Association. Even though the profession as a shipbroker is by far older and has been part of the maritime industry already for centuries, with the foundation of the German Ship Broker's Association a confederation on a national was established that is still active next to all the regional confederations.

In the past 100 years many changes took place in the different fields of the profession. Wars, economic crises and local protectionism marred foreign trade and traditional markets were lost. Two times the local shipbrokers started anew after lost wars. Technical innovations revolutionized the job and the international communication. Letters and later the telephone were for years the standard in communication. Now second-by-second electronic data transfer is the new normal.

In spite of all the changes and challenges over the past 100 years, one should not forget that ships and the shipping industry will be part of logistics for years to come and therefore the profession as a shipbroker will survive as long as it will master the future challenges such as the digitalisation with as much bravura as the ones before.

The main purpose of the ZVDS is to promote the joint professional interests of German ship brokers and ship agents, without imposing any restrictions or supervision on the economic freedom of the individual companies. The ZVDS handles all concerns of the business that are of a general nature, representing the interests of all its member companies. This work includes relations with the authorities and other national associations and institutions. The ZVDS provides advisory services and represents the interests of ship brokers and ship agents vis-á-vis the Federal German authorities, institutions and professional associations.

To celebrate the 100 anniversary of the German Ship Brokers' Association there will be a reception in connection with the general meeting for members and guests on the 18th April 2018.