Brussels, 9 August 2022

Considering developments in the market since it was last extended in 2020, the EU Commission has decided to start the review of the CBER on August 9th, 2022. While the challenges faced by the sector during the evaluation period are exceptional and unprecedented, their impact on the functioning of the maritime supply chain brings useful lessons on the role of consortia in the productivity of liner shipping services, as well as the overall efficiency and resilience of the global logistics system. As such, they provide useful information on the relevance of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation.

The assessment of whether the Regulation is still fit-for-purpose will also take into account (i) the trend towards consolidation between carriers, (ii) their vertical integration and (iii) cross-membership between consortia since 2020.

Interested parties are invited to provide feedback via EU competition law – evaluation of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (europa.eu). Targeted questionnaires have been sent to transport users (freight forwarders, shippers and their associations) and ports (port authorities, port services and terminal operators and their associations). FEPORT and its members have received individual questionnaires. The deadline to reply is October 3rd, 2022.