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Container shipping could lose its unique competitive edge

There is a real risk that the special consortia block exemption that allows competing liner companies to collaborate could be ditched entirely when the EU Commission reviews the exemption soon, says Martin Andre Dittmer, secretary general of the European Maritime Law Organization, to ShippingWatch.

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Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Major liner companies such as Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM could lose a unique competitive edge that has for years been in place exclusively for the container shipping sector.

For years, European liner companies have enjoyed a unique container block scheme that exempts container carriers from the EU's regular competition rules.

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