India fines Japanese car carrier operators over cartel claims

Car carrier cartel fines continue to make headlines around the world. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) yesterday passed a final order yesterday against four Japanese companies – Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Nissan – for indulging in what it described as “cartelisation in the provision of maritime motor vehicle transport services” to automobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for various trade routes.

The CCI said the four companies had colluded to avoid competition, sharing commercially sensitive information including on freight rates.

Hefty fines of varying severity have been levied on the three of the four parties involved.

Similar car carrier cartel investigations have taken place in many other jurisdictions in recent years including Australia and South Korea.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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