Maritime trial whitepaper released in three languages

( : 2017-08-10

A maritime trial whitepaper was released in three languages at a conference held in Guangzhou Maritime Court on August 4. 

Guangzhou Maritime Court Report on Trials 2016 in Chinese, English and Portuguese analyzes the problems in the shipping market and suggests countermeasures to them.

The report was released in the three languages, because a majority of cases involve foreign interests, and interests in Hongkong, Macao and Taiwan.

The white paper, divided into eight parts, has a total of 30,000 words. The first part discusses the general condition of trials in 2016.

The remaining parts provide a rational analysis of issues including freight forwarding, shipbuilding, property right protection, maritime administrative proceedings, and problems in maritime marketing. Suggestions for resolution of problems in these areas are raised. 

According to the report, in 2016, Guangzhou Maritime Court accepted 2,562 cases and concluded 2,403.

Compared to the previous years, maritime cases in 2016 had some characteristics in common: a majority involved foreign interests, and interests from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, and a largenumber of them originated from free trade zones and raised issues of maritime administration.

The Guangzhou Maritime Court also issued typical cases about marine freightage from Hong Kong. International shipping rules and the laws of Hong Kong are applicable to these cases which, to a certain extent, have filled legal gaps.