Broker membership

BIMCO's Broker membership is open to companies operating as shipbrokers or chartering agents.

Applicants who own, manage or operate ships on time charter must register as owner members.

Benefits include:

Direct, expert advice from a skilled member of BIMCO staff on:

  • contractual & commercial issues, such as charter parties or bills of lading
  • environment, safety, security and navigation issues related to the operation of your ship
  • company information - BIMCO can check out your potential business partner
  • Debt recovery – we help members recover several million USD of undisputed debt every year.

 Comprehensive information – always available online:

  • information on 1,800+ ports around the world including holidays
  • updates on security warning and war risk including piracy and drug smuggling
  • latest shipping market analysis
  • access to the BIMCO members’ directory.

Substantial discounts on BIMCO Training and key products such as SmartCon, our contract editing tool.

Pricing 2019

The entrance fee for BIMCO broker membership is EUR 350.

No entrance fee is required for branch offices.

Full membership contribution fee

Number of employees (full time and part time) engaged in the brokering business EUR
1-5 1,500
6-15 1.750
16-25 2.150
26-50 2,700
51-more 3,600

Corporate membership, branch office contribution fee

Number of offices, price per office EUR
1-5 995
6-10 825
11-more 545

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Our vision

To be the chosen partner trusted to provide leadership to the global shipping industry.

Our mission

To be at the forefront of global developments in shipping, providing expert knowledge and practical advice to safeguard and add value to our members’ businesses.

Our values

  • Trusted
  • Knowledgeable     
  • Relevant
  • Proactive
  • Caring   

Our core service areas

BIMCO’s four core service areas provide value and support to our members:

  1. Products: BIMCO’s standard contracts and clauses for the shipping industry and our contract editor SmartCon is a key offering to our members. We also run the BIMCO Shipping KPI System which can be used to benchmark ships’ operational performance.
  2. Regulation: BIMCO takes an active role on behalf of shipowners during discussions and decisions with global and regional regulators and have consultative status at the International Maritime Organisation. We work towards a level playing field for shipping – including fair trade and open access to markets.
  3. Information and advice: we deal with 10,000 member queries every year via phone or email and see over three million page views on our website each year. Our staff share their expert knowledge on contractual, regulatory and technical matters with members.
  4. Training: BIMCO conducts face-to-face courses, webinars and tailor-made courses for companies on a variety of shipping related topics.