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November 27, 2019

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Feport, yes to the exemptions for category for shipping containerized but with modifications to the specific Regulations EU

Bonz: the appearing acceptance by the Commission to be extended DRINKING without to have of information on the real market shares is alarming and amazing

The federation of the European private harbour terminalisti Feport considers that a delay for ulterior four years of European Regolamento of exemption for category for the marine consortia would be harmful for the entire row of the marine logistics that operate in the field of the containerized transport without the norm is modified. It is not a failure in log of the legislative provision, whose current expiration is fixed on April 25, 2020, as those instead expressed repeatedly from the associations that represent the shippers and the loaders. The Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals considers indeed useful that continuous the marine industry of the European Union to benefit of specific instruments as the exemptions to the prohibition to obtain aids of State and to constitute trusts, but judges that Regolamento, so as is, inside constitutes "a serious threat to the parity of conditions of the chain of the marine logistics".

In the course of the assembly anniversary of the Feport, held today to Brussels, the central topic of the reunion has been own the proposal of the EU commission to postpone Regolamento of exemption for category (Consortia Block Exemption Regulation - TO DRINK) for other four years, without modifications, as the appraisal of the effects of the norm - second the Commission - they would have demonstrated that to the objectives and the justifications in order to maintain in vigor the provision remain valid and that the conditions of market of the field of the marine transport of line would still seem to demand the application of DRINKING sector specific.

The Feport has evidenced that however the same EU commission has recognized that they do not exist given you specify on the consortia TO DRINK and that it is therefore difficult to estimate if some consortia are inferior to 30% in terms of market share. Article 5 of Regolamento, than specific the conditions of the exemption, specifies in fact that a consortium can benefit of the exemption for category if the combined market share of the members of the consortium on the important market on which work does not exceed 30%, quota calculated with reference to the total volume of the goods transported. The federation of the terminalisti has observed that, second the appraisal of the EU commission, solo fifth the consortia re-enter within application of Regolamento since can be asserted with certainty that their market shares are inferior to 30%.

"The sparsity of data - it has found the president of the Feport, Gunther Bonz - places also the issue of as the Commission controls the conformity of the three powerful alliances of marine transport of line that do not re-enter within application of the regulations", it has specified Bonz referring to the three main shipowning alliances of the field, 2M, Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance, than together they enliven more than three quarters of the world-wide containerized marine traffic. The three consortia are constituted, respective, first from the companies Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), according to from Evergreen, CMA CGM and COSCO Shipping (included the OOCL) and the third party from the companies Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Yang Ming.

"He is obvious - it has observed Bonz - than the current picture more is not adapted to the function that must carry out given the always greater concentration of the market that goes hand in hand with acquisitions carried out jointly, as some companies of navigation seem ready to recognize". "In synthesis - she has added the president of the Feport - the users of the services of marine transport of line and their suppliers of services have suffered from a more and more unbalanced situation of market from when the carriers have concluded important agreements of cooperation. The appearing acceptance by the Commission to be extended DRINKING without to have of information on the real market shares is alarming and amazing".

The federation of the terminalisti has remembered that the majority of the interviewed ones in the within of the consultation realized from the EU commission with the scope to estimate the effectiveness and validity of Regolamento, the charters of ships comprised, have asked the inclusion for dispositions times to improve the text and to more guarantee a relationship balanced between the companies of navigation and their customers and suppliers of services, while the Commission has proposed to postpone DRINKING without modifications, rejecting the reasonings of the interested parts that they take part of the marine chain of supplying and that they have asked modifications.

The Feport has denounced that the approach of the EU commission expressed in Staff Working Document 20th November will increase the imbalances of the market and the lack of transparency that characterizes the monitoring of the market shares of the consortia.

Restating that the terminalisti consider important that the marine industry of the EU can benefit of specific instruments as the exemptions, the Feport therefore has been associated to the demand for greater transparency and of an improvement of witnesses key as the Lines it guides on the aids of Been about to the marine transport and the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation. The federation has evidenced that legislative witnesses who are not modified for 15 years must be dawned in order to hold account of the developments of the market and the additional dispositions that are adopted by the EU commission.

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