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European Commission looking for input on future regime for liner shipping consortia

3 October 2018

On 27 September 2018, the Commission launched a public consultation seeking the views of shipping companies, their clients (shippers and freight forwarders), port operators and their respective associations on the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation. It is part of a wider Commission effort to evaluate the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation, which started in May 2018.

The Consortia Block Exemption Regulation allows for shipping lines with a combined market share below 30% to conclude co-operation agreements to provide joint cargo transport services under certain conditions. These co-operation agreements are commonly referred to as “consortia”.

The current Consortia Block Exemption Regulation will expire on 24 April 2020. In order to decide whether to maintain the current Consortia Block Exemption Regulation, and if so, under which conditions, the Commission has launched the public consultation.

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