• What is the Relationship between the APSN and the APEC?

APEC is the parent body of the APSN. The initiative to establish the APSN was endorsed by the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, and the APSN constitution was adopted by the APEC TPT-WG. However, The APSN is independently run while maintaining regular communication with APEC. The APSN is responsible to the APEC TPT-WG to whom it shall report on its work annually or more frequently if required.

  • How many types of APSN Members are there?

    • The APSN Membership consists of the following three types:

      Council members

      Council Members are senior representatives of the competent authorities designated by APEC member economies. Currently, there are 18 member economies that form the APSN Council, including Australia; Canada; China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Korea; Malaysia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; the United States and Vietnam.

    • Advisory Board Members

      17 Advisory Board Members of APSN are senior representative from a port or a port related industry who is not a representative of the competent authority designated as the Council Member.

    • Corporate and Associate members

      Currently, more than 100 organizations and individuals have been accepted as Corporate and Associate Members. “Corporate member” are any port or port related organizations including public administrations, business corporations, associations and institutions; “Associate member” are any other individuals engaged in port, shipping, logistics, trade, manufacturing and finance sectors of the APEC member economies.

  • How can APSN Members benefit from APSN?

    • 1. Being invited to participate in the APSN Council Meeting

    • The APSN members have the right to be invited to participate in the Open Session of the Council Meeting, take part in discussions, make proposals and suggestions on any subject related to the organization development, and have the right to down load the meeting documents and Record of Decision of the Council meeting.

    • 2. Participating in APSN Workshop free of charge:

    • Focused on the hot topics of port and shipping industry, the APSN workshops will invite officials from competent port authorities, senior representatives from port and shipping industry, researchers of universities and institutions from 21 APEC economies to share their opinions at the workshop. The workshop summaries and presentations will publish to the APSN Members afterwards through APSN website.

    • 3. Special discounts for training programs organized by the APSN

    • APSN will irregularly schedule training programs regarding the green ports, intelligent ports, port security and other focused areas of shipping and port industry. The famous professors, experts and senior insiders will be invited to organize the training materials and give lectures.

    • 4. Latest news and research reports published by APSN

    • APSN publishes APEC Port Development Report every year, which focuses on the development of Asia-Pacific ports in the past year and prospects on the coming year, covering trade, ocean shipping, laws and regulations. With its detailed statistics, and in-depth analyses, APEC Port Development Report has become an important reference for those engaging in port-related industries.

    • APSN published the APEC Best Practices on Green Ports in July, 2019, which introduced the applications and achievements of green port technology and provided an essential reference of green port development in Asia-Pacific region.

    • APSN Newsletter will be delivered to APSN members quarterly, including APEC activities, industry news and APSN coming events.

    • The APEC Study Center will publish reports very year which is focus on the hot topics and concerns by the industry.

    • 5. A Platform to promote the members in Asia-Pacific region:

    • APSN will promote APSN Corporate Members through APSN publication, website, APSN Wechat Official Account, APSN Newsletter and other methods to set up a communication platform for the port and shipping industry.

  • What are the obligations of the APSN Members?

    • According to the Article 9 of the APSN Constitution, each member of the APSN shall undertake the following obligations:

      (a) Abide by the APSN Constitution and respect the decisions of the APSN Council;

      (b) Support and actively participate in activities organized by the APSN;

      (c) Designate a point of contact for communications and update the information as appropriate;

      (d) In the case of Corporate and Associate members, pay the membership dues.

    • Membership Due:

      The APSN Council has set up the level of membership dues as follows:

      a) Each Corporate Members shall pay membership dues of USD$500 per year per subscribed membership unit.

      b) Each Associate Member shall pay membership dues of USD$100 per year per subscribed membership unit.

  • How to become an APSN Corporate/Associate Member?

    • Any organization including public administrations, private sectors, institutions associations and individuals engaged in port, shipping, logistics, trade, finance and other port-related industries are welcome to join the APSN.

      Please click Join APSN at homepage and fill the online registration form. The Secretariat will confirm your application status as soon as we can. If you have any questions about application, please feel free to contact us: