Carriers support EU on block exemption extension

Three major shipping organizations are more than pleased with the fact that the EU Commission has proposed to extend the liner consortia block exemption, which exempts container carriers from regular competition rules.

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The three shipping organizations, the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and the World Shipping Council (WSC) have replied that they are pleased that the EU Commission has proposed to extend the container carriers' possibility of being exempted from regular competition rules for another five years.

The proposal concerns the so-called Block Exemption Regulation (BER), which has applied to various industries since 1995 and which is valid for five years at a time.

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