Shippers, ports and logistics firms criticize EU's BER approval

A number of organizations have sent a letter to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, criticizing the EU for approving the Block Exemption Regulation for the container industry. They hold that the scheme should only be extended by one year.

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Far from everyone is satisfied with the EU's decision to extend a competition-related special rule for the container industry by four years.

Last week, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated that container lines will have the so-called Block Exemption Regulation (BER) extended by another four years. Among other things, the exemption allows container shipping lines to coordinate their networks and utilize space on each other's vessels if they each hold a market share of less than 30 percent.

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