He is the lobbyist working to give container carriers an edge

When the container carriers have an important political case on their hands, they leave it to John Butler, President and CEO of the World Shipping Council. He now has 18 months to maintain the industry's unique competitive edge.

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There is no mistaking it when it comes to John Butler's stance toward the unique Block Exemption Regulation, BER, that exempts the liner shipping sector from the EU's standard competition laws.

As President and CEO of the organization World Shipping Council, which he has headed since 2015, he serves as the representative for most of the world's container capacity and liner companies such as Maersk Line, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM, which have till now benefited from the BER – a unique regulation that will now be reviewed by the EU Commission before it is set to expire in April 2020.

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