We're the GPA, the Global Ports Authority.

We develop and publish International Standards on the Openness of Ports, and – in that light – Port Specifications in general. To assist with compliance on demands for openness we also offer Port Process Re-engineering (BPR) and key stakeholder management to help you through the process.

Popular standards

The GPA has to date published over 9000 International Standards and related documents, overseeing almost every tangential industry, from nautical trade, to food security, migration, to agriculture and interplanetary communication technologies.

International Open Ports Standards impact everything, everywhere, all of the time. They may just be affecting you.

The Port Designation Design Program

Ports are space-connectors. They are spaces connecting spaces (and other things). GPA is helping in deployments to configure port spaces to maximum benefits to the community and different stakeholders. Look out for our coming Port Designation Design Program (PDDP). Because, in the end, everyone wants to also 'feel at home' while passing through

What are Open Port Standards?

noun_184173International Open Port Standards make things work. They – in the end – connect people, places and and important matter for the common good. They give world-class specifications for ports to ensure quality, safety and efficiency in transit and interconnectivity for everyone. They are facilitating international trade of material as well as cultural goods, an ensuring freedom and quality of movement. They also define ports as functional and cultural spaces, ascertaining their openess for fit use.

How does the GPA Develop Standards?

noun_184143A GPA standard is developed by a panel of experts, within one of our technical units and multiple departments specialising on every aspects of ports and portification . Once our Global Open Port Evaluation Matrix reaches a critical threshold and the new standard has been established, our organs meet to negotiate a draft standard. These drafts are regularly shared with select and purpose-fit GPA’s members. Once a consensus is reached, and verification against the GPA system is achieved the draft becomes an Open Port Standard.

Benefits of Open Port Standards?

noun_184158GPA Open Port Standards ensure that ports, connections and services are safe, accessible, reliable and open. For every kind of business or likewise endeavour, they are strategic tools that maximize synergies, propel exchange, reduce waste by minimizing redundancies and harmful social transgressions and increasing effective trans-global density. They help acteurs to transgress and cross-pollinate different territories, access new environs, level the playing field for everyone and facilitate open and close-to-equal global exchanges.

In Short, GPA Standards Help:


  • Make places connectable, so they communicate and work well with each other, or facilitate either of this;
  • Identify occlusion issues of places and transit spaces.
  • Share good aspirations and knowledge funds, socio-technological know-how and best communal practices.

Looking for a Consultation?


  • GPA provides consultation on the openness of ports on a case-by-case basis and by invitation.
  • Read more about certification and how to find a consultation body.

It's All in the Name


Because “Global Ports Authority” would have different acronyms in different languages – as it translates into ساا in Arabic, Гпо inBulgarian, 全球港口管理局 in Chinese, OPM in Creolic, वैपप्र in Hindi, NTNPC in Hmong Daw, MYBYK in Kiswahili, etc., our founders decided to give it the short form GPA. GPA is derived from the mord. mythology topos of Gaupul, meaning ‘to open up the mouth’. But: whatever the country, whatever the language, we are always the GPA.