The European Shippers's Council said it welcomes a decision by the European Commission (EC) to end guidelines that gave the shipping industry special treatment under European antitrust law, such as allowing exchange of infrormation.
The commission said last month it would allow current maritime guidelines to expire on Sept. 26, 2013, adding they were no longer needed. It had set up the guidelines to facilitate the
transition to a general competition regime for maritime
transport after the repeal in 2006 of an exemption of antitrust rules for liner conferences in Europe.
ESC said it believed a special competition regime for shipping was "no longer needed or justified" and the industry "should be regulated by the general EU antitrust rules."
And it added that it believed the European Commission's decision "also serves as useful guidance for jurisdictions throughout the world, as well as for ESC’s international partners. As the commission’s research during the past years has concluded, for antitrust matters the maritime transport services industry should be scrutinised in the same way as any other industry." - Chris Dupin