China’s NDRC fines eight car carriers in anti-competition crackdown

China’s NDRC fines eight car carriers in anti-competition crackdown

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has announced today that it has fined eight foreign auto shipping companies for anti-competitive behaviours as a result of an investigation into the car carrying industry and ocean transport to and from China.

The investigation, which started in August 2014, has found Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, EUKOR, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, CSAV, CCNI, K Line, Eastern Car Liner engaged in agreements prohibited by Chinese anti-monopoly laws by causing a restriction of competition in the Chinese market. The total of the fines amount to $65m with Japan’s NYK also found to have colluded but not fined. NYK was not fined as it turned itself in.

Wilh Wilhelmsen said EUKOR and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics have received RMB 284.7m ($44m) and RMB 45.1m ($7m) fines respectively from NDRC.

Norway’s Hoegh Autoliners was also investigated by the Chinese authorities, however it was not proved to be involved in the agreements.

Jason Jiang

Jason worked for a number of logistics firms following his English degree, then switched this hands-on experience to writing and has since become one the most prolific writers on the diverse China logistics industry writing for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week. Jason’s access to the biggest shippers with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives.

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