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For the fourth time in a row, London International Shipping Week has proved beyond doubt that it is one of the most important maritime events in the world. A
glance at some of the statistics shows that LISW19 was the most successful to date with an estimated 20,000 visitors, over 200 events and a Twitter reach of almost 30 million.
But numbers alone do not tell the whole story. It is the people who came to London to take part that once again underlined LISW’s status as the must-attend maritime event of the year. This time, HRH The Princess Royal, Boris Johnson the Prime Minister, a glittering line up of Secretaries of State, MPs, Lords, Dames, Knights of the Realm, top rank Royal Navy of cers and a Who’s Who of international Ambassadors, Maritime, Shipping, Trade and Defence Ministers and multiple delegations of high- ying shipping professionals from every corner of the world came to celebrate LISW.
Many of the week’s events tackled trade issues head-on, with HM Government offering seminars and workshops
on free trade agreements and maritime trade policy as
the UK leaves the European Union, and how this will impact the maritime sector. One government stakeholder workshop, The Future of International Trade Policy, was aimed at understanding the global issues and opportunities for international maritime stakeholders and discussing potential solutions.
The UK Chamber of Shipping also focused on trade, hosting a breakfast discussion entitled Partnering for Stronger
Trade – Leveraging Trade Agreements for the Bene t of International Shipping, which examined how ‘Maritime’ can be considered in the formation of future trade agreements and explore the challenges and opportunities in promoting better regulation of shipping through bilateral, multilateral and plurilateral trade agreements.
The UK Major Ports Group’s roundtable on Ports and Trade: Global Gateways Today and Tomorrow, promoted

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