Two fronts going head to head on future of consortia block exemption

The current Block Exemption Regulation for liner companies should be revoked, say some. Others want it extended. The EU Commission will now address the issue. ShippingWatch has gathered some of the comments from the disputing parties here.

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Should the liner shipping industry continue to benefit from a unique regulation that exempts carriers from standard EU competition rules? Or is it time to retire the regulation?

The EU Commission will now make a decision. On Thursday this week, a protracted consultation period came to an end, in which stakeholders in and around the shipping industry were asked to submit their comments about the Block Exemption Regulation, BER.

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