ESC joins GSF to tackle container shipping consolidation

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The European Shippers’ Council has joined the Global Shippers’ Forum to promote the findings of new research and analysis commissioned by GSF into the impacts of new alliances being formed by container shipping lines and the growing use of mega-ships.

The GSF’s paper – The Implications of Mega-Ships and Alliances for Competition and Total Supply Chain Efficiency: An Economic Perspective – makes a series of recommendations to competition authorities and regulatory bodies around the world to mitigate the possible implications for competition in key liner trades arising from a reduced pool of competing carriers.

“I am delighted that ESC has joined GSF to promote and defend shippers’ interests at global level,” said GSF chairman Bob Ballantyne.

ESC chairman Denis Choumert said: “ESC is pleased to be working with GSF on this critical issue of the necessary evolution of the structure and regulation of global container shipping. As a member of GSF, we will use our contacts and networks in Europe and elsewhere in the world to promote the report’s findings and demonstrate the value that joint working can have in advancing shippers’ interests more generally.”

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