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China vows to eliminate excessive shipping charges

Seven Chinese state departments including the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Commerce, the General Administration of Customs, and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, have together released a public notice to further eliminate excessive shipping charges under the call of the State Council.

The departments will investigate into liners, ports and logistics firms for unreasonable charges.

Cai Jiaxiang, deputy director at China Shippers Association, said some major liner companies are using their monopoly position to charge excessive fees, which need to be regulated.

According to the notice, the move is to ease the burden of import and export companies and make a more fair market environment.

China’s move comes on the same day that neighbour Vietnam said it was looking to crack down on excessive charges too.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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