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More shipping dawn raids

[ September 10, 2012   //   ]

EU inspectors have made surprise checks of a number of shipping operators in several EU countries on 9 September as part of an international probe into suspected cartels, said the European Commission.

According to a statement, officials made “unannounced inspections at the premises of several providers of maritime transport services for cars and construction and agricultural rolling machinery”.

The operation took place in coordination with US and Japanese authorities, the statement added.

Officials believed that the companies may have been involved in cartels and restrictive business practices in violation of EU law, said the Commission, bit it added: “The fact that the European Commission carries out such inspections does not mean that the companies are guilty of anti-competitive behaviour; nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation itself.”

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