Conference - (also, steamship conference, shipping conference) [Last Updated by: admin on 2012-01-01]
A group of steamship companies or shipping lines which have associated to offer regular service on specific routes at publicly-announced prices. Conferences generally offer specific rebates for regular or high-volume shipments. Shipment by conference lines is sometimes referred to as liner shipping and the freight rates are referred to as "liner terms". Shipping lines which are not members of a conference for a particular route are known as outsiders, independent lines, or non-conference liners. See also Liner terms.