China Maritime Arbitration Commission (“CMAC”), established within the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade on January 22, 1959 in accordance with the Decision made by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China on 21 November 1958, is a permanent arbitration institution which is featured by resolving admiralty, maritime, transport, logistics-related disputes and other disputes agreed by parties. It was originally named “Maritime Arbitration Commission of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade” and renamed “ China Maritime Arbitration Commission” on June 21, 1988.


CMAC has its headquarters in Beijing, with sub-commissions in Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Hong Kong and Fujian, Pilot Free Trade Zone Arbitration Center in Zhejiang and other places and liaison offices in major coastal cities such as Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Ningbo, Guangzhou and Zhoushan.To provide professional arbitration services for specific business sectors, CMAC established the Logistics Dispute Resolution Center, the Fishery Dispute Resolution Center, the Maritime Mediation Center, the Aviation Dispute Mediation Center, the Aviation Dispute Arbitration Center, the Measurement Dispute Arbitration Center, etc.  The Arbitration Rules and the Panel of Arbitrators are uniformly applied to CMAC and its sub-commissions. Decades of arbitration practice has fostered and brought up a rank of arbitrators with occupational ethics, consummate level of professional skills, and abundant practical experience, and also a team of secretaries with diligence, profession and efficiency. CMAC has been revising its arbitration rules to meet the continuously diversified needs of arbitration practices and keeping track of the latest development of the international arbitration industry. CMAC has made great contribution to the development of the Chinese (maritime) arbitration industry and the legislation of Arbitration Law of the People’s Republic of China with its abundant arbitration practice and theoretical research. CMAC maintains friendly co-operative relations with international arbitration industry, actively voices its opinions on behalf of the Chinese (maritime) arbitration industry and endeavors to enhance the influence and discourse power of Chinese arbitration.


CMAC has administered thousands of maritime cases since its establishment by taking facts as the basis and the law as the criterion, referring to the established international practice, respecting the freedom of contract and sticking to the principle of impartiality and justice. The CMAC awards which are considered to be impartial and authoritative have won CMAC great reputation at home and abroad.