Did you know that the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ASBA) has represented agents in the U.S.A. since 1934? ASBA is a national association who, given its narrow membership focus (ship brokers and ship agents), has successfully represented member agents with Congressional leaders and at the headquarters level of Customs and Border Protection, US Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security.
In 2005, ASBA Agent Members approved our “Guidelines for Certification” to raise the bar for Agency providers in the United States (link to Guidelines below). In October of 2008, The Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers & Agents (FONASBA) approved their “Quality Standard” which was modeled after ASBA’s Certification Guidelines.
Member agents have up to 6 months to complete their certification following their conditional approval for membership. Major Owner Associations including BIMCO, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO have endorsed the FONASBA Quality Standard effectively recognizing that the ability to identify “quality” ship agency providers is indeed of value to ship owners and operators.
1. Complete and save the Agent Membership application form. Send the completed application as an email attachment to ASBA (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2. Check our company member directory to identify two Company Members as sponsors.
3. Send your completed application and the Member Sponsor Form as email attachments to your two company sponsors: