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Singapore: Antitrust exemptions for shipping lines extended

 |  November 26, 2015

The Singapore government has decided to extend an exemption for container lines from competition laws for another five years up to end-2020.

The Competition (Block Exemption for Liner Shipping Agreements) Order, or BEO, exempts container carriers and operators from prohibitions against anti-competitive agreements in Singapore, allowing two or more carrier operators to jointly provide services in the areas of technical, operational or commercial arrangements and setting freight rates.

The BEO, first issued in July 2006, was extended for five years in 2010 and is due to expire on 31 December 2015. Singapore’s ministry for trade and industry has granted a further five-year extension to 31 December 2020.

“The Competition Commission of Singapore notes that transhipment makes up a very large proportion of Singapore container volumes, and has assessed that the high degree of connectivity and availability of liner shipping services in Singapore benefits Singapore’s importers and exporters beyond what might ordinarily be expected if the port depended only on exports and imports,” the ministry stated.

Full content: Hellenic Shipping News

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