New report says Maersk practice hurts forwarders, shippers and consumers

Authorities should be on their guard with container lines using their exemptions from competition rules to establish a bridgehead on markets such as logistics, a new OECD report recommends, using Maersk as an example.

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Major container lines are increasingly using their position of strength on the global transport market to make a strategic entry into the logistics market eased by lenient competition regulations for container shipping, say economists behind a new report.

The report is titled ”Performance of Maritime Logistics” and comes from the International Transport Forum (ITF) under the OECD. The report indicates Maersk-owned carrier Hamburg Süd as an example of debatable business methods, calling for reassessing competition regulation of the container shipping sector.

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