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What do you think of the shipping industry? BIFA to canvas members

[ March 3, 2022   //   ]

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is asking its members for their views on current container shipping line practices, as well as their opinions on the easements and exemptions provided to them under competition law.

BIFA director general, Robert Keen, says that over the last several months, he has received many complaints including high freight rates, surcharges, and new business practices by the lines, which limit market access for forwarders.

He said: “BIFA believes that after communication with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), it is clear that substantive evidence will be required for them to consider a review of the maritime supply chain, including shipping line practices that may be distorting the operations of the free market to the detriment of international trade.

“We will analyse and use the information and data obtained from the survey, which is only for BIFA corporate members, to support a submission to the CMA on members’ behalf, with all responses being aggregated, and no data released that identifies an individual respondent.”

He hoped the survey would deliver objective evidence about the current state of the deep-sea container market.

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