05 April 2019

CLECAT Calls for a Repeal of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation

CLECAT submitted its response and position paper to the official consultation of DG Competition regarding its evaluation of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (BER) at the end of December 2018.

CLECAT concludes that whereas consortia represent a legitimate business mechanism for otherwise competing liner shipping companies, the BER itself is not necessary and reduces competition by giving carriers a free pass to reduce service offerings.  CLECAT therefore urges that it is not renewed and that consortia are treated under the same general competition legislation as other business interests.

The position paper is available for download below.