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Shippers say the EU disregards container carriers' poor service

Customers of container carriers have urged the European Commission to take action against liner companies' high rates and poor service. After yet another unsuccessful meeting with the EU competition authorities, shippers are now proposing a new arrangement to ensure "ethical cooperation".

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There has been a general agreement in recent months that container carriers have been able to charge unusually high prices in return for poor service to customers.

The liner companies do not attempt to hide this fact, nor do customers gathered in various organizations such as the European Shippers' Council (ESC).

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