Consultations of the European Commission regarding Block Exemption Regulation
ESC is encouraging shippers to respond to the recently published consultations of the European Commission evaluating the BER, affecting current maritime alliances scenario (see context information below).
As the process is guided by a firm schedule, please consider the following calendar:
In our opinion, it is an excellent opportunity to contribute constructively to this issue of vital importance for the maritime supply chain.
Please come back to us (email@example.com) for any doubt, clarification or information you may wish to share or comment.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON BER
The Block Exemption Regulation (BER) expires early 2020 and DG Competition has started the regulation’s review with the first round of consultations taking place early May 2018. A second review round has started in September. As you are very likely aware, Liner Shipping Companies can operate under the Block Exemption Regulation which offers these companies more opportunities to cooperate than under regular competition law. The aim is to make container shipping more effective and more efficient. This can be done as long as their joint market share is less than 30% and as long as the improved effectiveness and efficiency is shared with their customers (read: shippers).
Since the start of the review process, the BER has been a key topic on the agenda of ESC’s Maritime Council where a critical view on the benefits the BER is delivering to shippers and cargo owners has been debated.
For more info about ESC’s position on the BER and its impact on today’s effectiveness and efficiency of the maritime supply chain, please consult the previous ESC newsletter articles: