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Brazil enters major cartel case against car carriers

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), Eukor Car Carriers, and Höegh Autoliners will all be investigated by Brazilian competition authorities under the suspicion of possible price fixing and cartel activity.

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Brazilian authorities are now entering the international case into price fixing and cartel formation involving many auto-ferry carriers. Among the companies under investigation are the two Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA joint ventures Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) and Eukor Car Carriers, as well as Höegh Autoliners, in which the Maersk Group owns 39 percent of the shares.

The carriers are suspected of distributing customers between themselves in order to maintain artificially inflated prices on auto freight. 80 employees at all of the suspected carriers, according to Brazil's Economic Defence Administrative Commission, have distributed customers between themselves and maintained artificially inflated prices through meetings, telephone conversations and e-mails, according to several media sources.

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