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Executive Order 14036 encourages competition compliance for shipping companies

President Joe Biden has issued Executive Order 14036 “Promoting Competition in the American Economy” (“the EO”) which was signed on 9 July 2021. The EO has the goal to promote competition within the U.S. economy to lower prices for families, increase wages for workers, promote innovation and foster economic growth. The EO puts forward 72 … Continue Reading

Blog post on the Consortia block exemption regulation

On 20 November 2019, the European Commission (EC) published a further consultation on the proposal to extend the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (BER). The shipping and motor vehicles’ industries remain the only two sectors to benefit from a sector-specific block exemption. In recent years, the EC has been moving away from sector-specific exemptions. In 2018, … Continue Reading

Consortia block exemption extended by a further five years

Following a public consultation held earlier this year, the EU Commission has announced the extension of the block exemption providing antitrust immunity to certain cooperative agreements between shipping lines until 2020. For further details, please see the recent Reed Smith Client Alert by Marjorie Holmes, Angela Gregson and Catherine Johnson.… Continue Reading