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CLECAT, it's time for the European Commission to change radically the rules of the maritime transport market containerized

Appreciation for the ITF report urging to pose greater attention to this sector

Predictably, accepting the document the theses of the association on the problems that characterize the market of containerized maritime transport, CLECAT, the organization representing European shipping and logistics companies, the latest report presented on Tuesday was very much appreciated from the International Transport Forum (ITF) on this shipping sector ( of 12 July 2022). In particular, CLECAT expressed its support for the appeal made by the ITF think tank to focus attention on the regulation of a market in which there is competition loyal in door-to-door containerized transport and, therefore, recommends that antitrust authorities be careful with urgency for vertical integration in place by carriers maritime, in order to ensure that there is fair competition in markets where maritime carriers have started more than recent to compete, such as the port and logistics terrestrial.

"We are delighted," said Nicolette van der Jagt, Director-General of CLECAT - that the FTT has recognised fully the challenges that vertical integration currently underway on the part of the containerized maritime transport sector competition regulation. This is particularly evident if shipping companies can use their antitrust immunities and influence as carriers to acquire competitive advantages in markets where compete with freight forwarders, port service providers or logistics operators who do not enjoy antitrust immunity. Denial of freight forwarders' access to freight contracted by Maersk and Hamburg Süd - underlined van der Jagt - is just one of the examples of market abuse denounced and supported by vertical integration door-to-door services. It's not just shippers who suffer discriminatory practices against them - he specified - this it also applies to shippers and final consumers due to the lack of alternative services'.

"The time has come," van der Jagt urged. that the European Commission urgently review its framework overall competition to reflect reality of the containerised maritime transport market and ensure covering the full scope and effects of cooperation between the shipping companies, as experienced by shippers and other parts of the maritime logistics supply chain'.

'The independent investigation of International Transport Forum - van der Jagt pointed out again - confirms the point of view of CLECAT that the remedy does not lie in the modification of the current Block Exemption Regulation for consortia between companies, since this exemption cannot be remedied and does not it is more suitable for the purpose. You will need to radically reshape the rules and consider new legal instruments since the guarantor authorities of the competition are no longer able to enforce such extensive regulations."

One of the cornerstones of a possible reform, according to the CLECAT, is to reconsider the agreements on competition for scheduled shipping companies limiting the possibility joint management of hold capacity.






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