Shipowners are calling on the World Trade Organization (WTO) to help maintain free and fair competition within the maritime sector to help the recovery from the pandemic.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) urged the WTO to confront challenges facing the multilateral trading system at a meeting of ministers in Geneva this week.

The ICS warned that commitments by governments to long-established principles underpinning free trade were showing signs of strain even before the outbreak of Covid-19.