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South Africa: Norwegian shipping company referred to tribunal for prosecution

 |  September 13, 2017

A Norwegian car shipping company has been referred to the South African Competition Tribunal for prosecution on seven charges relating to collusive tendering, price fixing and market division.

The Competition Commission on Tuesday, September 12, said in a statement, the charges stem from a probe into widespread anti-competitive conduct in the market for the provision of transportation of motor vehicles, equipment and machinery by sea to and from South Africa.

Hoegh Autoliners Holdings (Hoegh) stands accused of colluding with a Japanese car shipping company, Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL).

From around 2009, MOL and Hoegh are accused to have engaged in prohibited practices wherein they agreed and/or engaged in concerted practices as competitors to fix prices, divide markets and tender conclusively.

Among the charges are collusive activities from around 1997 involving a tender issued by Auto Alliance Thailand to transport Mazda motor vehicles from Thailand to South Africa and collusive activities from around 2004 involving tenders issued by Toyota South Africa to transport vehicles from South Africa to Europe and North Africa.

Full Content: Reuters

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