History/NGO Consultative Status


OLosAngeles1955-200n November 7th 1955, some 100 delegates from 38 ports and maritime organizations in 14 countries gathered in Los Angeles to announce the creation of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH). It marked its 50th Anniversary (Golden Jubilee) in 2005. Over the past six decades, IAPH has steadily developed into a global alliance of ports, representing today some 180 ports and some 140 port-related businesses in 90 countries. The member ports together handle well over 60% of the world’s sea-borne trade and nearly 80% of the world container traffic. It is a non-profit-making and non-governmental organization (NGO) headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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Recognized as the only international organization representing the voice of the world port industry, IAPH is granted Consultative Status as Non-governmental Organization (NGO) from five United Nations (UN) specialized agencies and one intergovernmental body:


UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
International Labour Office (ILO)
World Customs Organization (WCO)


The consultative status has enabled IAPH to represent at international fora the views of port managers/directors and promote, enhance and protect the interests of the global port industry as a whole.

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