The Global Shippers Forum says the views of exporters and importers have been ignored by European regulators extending antitrust protection to liner carriers.
Shippers believe container line consortia are anti-competitive and lack transparency.
The European Commission believes that container shipping lines need consortia to make “operations more financially viable and efficient.”
Capacity cuts by lines and higher bunker surcharges as IMO 2020 low sulfur fuels are phased in are fueling box freight rate inflation.
A United Nations report concludes U.S. consumers and Chinese exporters are the primary losers in the trade war. Taiwan, Mexico, Europe and Vietnam are net beneficiaries.
Shippers and NVOs urge the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission to implement the interpretive rule, while ocean carriers and marine terminals say it needs further refining.