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Competition Law

Analysis - debate - current awareness

12 JUN 2012

Freight Forwarding - Case COMP/ 39.462 (28 March 2012)

Summary of Commission Decision

Fourteen international groups of companies were fined a total of €169 million for participation in four distinct cartels aimed at fixing prices and other trading conditions for international air freight forwarding services on routes between UK - outside the EEA, EEA‑USA and China/Hong Kong-EEA.

Markets/sector

The investigation related to freight forwarding, which is the organisation of transportation items and related activities such as customs clearance, warehousing and ground services. The freight forwarder participants in the cartel, who offered door-to-door air freight forwarding services to businesses and consumers, established and coordinated four different surcharges and charging mechanisms, which are component elements of the final price billed to customers for air freight forwarding services.

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