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 ship 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 Ship Agent Members approved our “Guidelines for Certification” to raise the bar for Ship Agency providers in the United States.  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. Upon successful completion of our annual certification membership agent companies are then awarded the FQS.

ASBA Certified Agents Raise the Bar - See Video

Criteria for Certification of ASBA Ship Agent Members

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  (FQS) effectively  recognizing that the ability to identify “quality” ship agency providers is of great value to ship owners and operators.

1. Complete Agent Membership application form.

ASBA Company Member Application

2. Check our company member directory to identify two Company Members as sponsors. (Note: Affiliate Members are not eligible to sponsor)

Company Member Directory

3. Send your completed application and the Member Sponsor Form to ASBA and your two company sponsors.

Member Sponsor Form
For consideration at our next Board of Directors meeting.

Contact Us with any questions.