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February 10, 2020

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CLECAT, ESC, ETA and FEPORT reiterate their opposition extension of the Category Exemption Regulation for containerized maritime consortia

The four associations are calling on the European Commission to respond to their objections

European associations representing shippers, logistics operators and port terminalists have reaffirmed their opposition to the inclusion among the new initiatives in the 2020 work of the European Commission to extend it for further four years of the current category exemption regulation consortia between shipping companies operating ships (Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER), in 25 April, based on the belief that This extension 'will allow us to continue to simplify examination of consortia' compliance with the rules of reducing the use of external advice and spending legal requirements.'

According to the European Association for Forwarding (CLECAT), Transport, Logistics and Customs Services), the ESC (European Shippers' Council), the European Tugowners' Association (ETA) and the FEPORT (Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals), "not only the Directorate-General of Competition has largely rejected the views of users, operators service providers that are part of the supply chain, which have all responded to the first consultation of 2018, but all associations share the view that there are many form flaws In the arguments put forward by the Commission. These vices -- they have four associations specified - cover several issues: lack of data, one-sided assumptions about efficiency gains that do not take into account parameters that are not related to the nuts, lack of adequate definition of relevant geographic markets in order to assessing market shares and a complete inability to identify residues that benefit users if the CBER extended."

"This decision," noted the Director-General CLECAT, Nicolette van der Jagt - is based on the assessment CBER saves money for reducing the Commission's bureaucracy, rejecting opinions of other parties involved in the supply chain that do not benefit from a similar exemption, while in many cases compete with carriers in terms of services.'

"We believe that - underlined the Secretary-General of the FEPORT, Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid -- that recognition by Commission's lack of data, as indicated in the Staff Working Document of December 2019, is unacceptable in light recommendation to extend the CBER without any changes to the text.'

'The Commission - denounced the President Of the European Shippers' Council, Denis Choumert - rejected in customers' view that an exemption by category this is a serious loss for the protection of shippers and customers, under European competition law, which Commission needs a more comprehensive assessment based on the impact of CBER on the entire supply chain."

The Secretary-General of ETA, Anna Maria Darmanin, complained because - he explained - "we have not received responses from the European Commission on the objections we have detailed in our presented legal analyses as part of the latest CBER consultation 3 January 2020." CLECAT, ESC, ETA and FEPORT urged the European Commission to answer questions have placed them in the context of this latest consultation.

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