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Container lines ask Brussels to renew block exemption

Brussels - Container liner industry groups have called for the European Commission to renew the block exemption regulation that covers shipping services for another five years

Brussels - Container liner industry groups have called for the European Commission to renew the block exemption regulation that covers shipping services for another five years.

In a joint document signed by the World Shipping Council, the European Community Shipowners’ Association, the International Chamber of Shipping and the Asian Shipowners’ Association they remind that since the Commission last reviewed the block exemption five years ago “there has been consolidation, and the alliances that operate in the major east-west trades have been re-shuffled, in part in response to the merger and acquisition activity,” but “the basic structure of the industry remains the same”.

The block exemption, says the joint document, “ is the only guidance that the liner industry has that speaks with any specificity at all to the well-known and ubiquitous vessel sharing structure that is an integral part of international liner shipping.” It is “ an integral part of a system of international ocean transportation that continues to work well for Europe and for the world, and the Commission should renew the BER for an additional five years.”

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