Shippers want to monitor container alliances on three main trades

Shippers in the European Shippers' Council fear that the major container alliances could limit the shippers' range of choices, thus constituting a long-term threat for the customers. The ESC now proposes a monitoring of three main trades.

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The biggest container carriers' cooperation in the new alliances has changed the container market radically in recent months, and the customers, the shippers represented by the European Shippers' Council (ESC), fear that the large-scale alliances dominance on the main trades could represent a long-term threat for the manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers that make up the carriers' largest customer group.

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