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Shippers and freight forwarders call on EU to intervene in overheated container market

European shippers and freight forwarders call on the EU Commission to intervene in the container sector in light of the overheated market seen in the past many months. They say that the shipping lines' behavior is harmful to smaller shippers in particular. The shipping lines have previously rejected such criticism.

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The overheated container market now makes European shippers and freight forwarders call on the EU to intervene against the container lines.

Shippers and freight forwarders in the associations European Freight Forwarders Association, CLECAT, and European Shippers’ Council, ESC, have joined forces to voice a joint alarm with the EU Competition Authorities. The associations call on authorities to react to the container market seen in the past many months, which has sent rates soaring and created a severe shortage of containers.

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