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Put liner consortia on the chopping block, say shippers

[ February 22, 2019   //   ]

Freight industry stakeholders including the Clecat forwarders’ organisation, the Global Shippers Forum and the European Shippers’ Council meeting at a roundtable in Paris hosted by the OECD’s International Transport Forum on 19 February called for the shipping line consortia block exemption to be repealed.
They said that market developments over the last five years meant that an in-depth review of the regulatory framework was needed; this had not occured since 2009. They added that the current framework has become obsolete given that most of the carriers operate in alliances and that market concentration is increasing.
Neither service quality nor productivity have improved over the years, they claimed.
They called on the European Commission to repeal the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation unless a revised regulatory framework is adopted.

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