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Parliamentary questions
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14 January 2022
Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestager
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004569/2021

The monitoring of the container shipping sector carried out by the Commission, in cooperation with other regulatory and competition authorities since the start of the pandemic, has not led to identifying anti-competitive behaviour from alliances aimed at increasing freight rates.

As a consequence, the Commission does not currently consider that the applicable EU regulatory framework, including the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation, would fail to prevent unfair practices or distortions of competition in the sector.

Considering the multiplicity of the causes for the price hikes and service disruptions linked to the pandemic, the Commission is still exchanging information and analyses with all relevant stakeholders to identify whether specific measures may be needed to increase the system’s resilience.

The Commission is preparing for the process of review of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation, which will expire in 2024.

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