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The ship agent is the coordinator of the port call, representing the ship owner or charterer before the authorities, service providers and other parties and ensuring the smooth, effective, and efficient execution of the call. A ship broker brings the ship and the cargo together to perform the voyage. In some countries these professions are regulated, but in others specific laws may not be in place. This recommendation, which is an updated version of the 1988 recommendation of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), provides clear guidance on those professions and minimum standards which may serve as a baseline both for governments and those providing ship agency and ship broking services.