Maersk and DP World dragged into Mumbai port probe by PSA

Maersk and DP World dragged into Mumbai port probe by PSA

Alleged anti-competitive practices are under investigation at India’s largest boxport as rival terminal operators clash.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is looking into alleged anti-competitive practices by APM Terminals and Dubai’s DP World at the terminals they operate in Mumbai, according to Reuters.

The probe follows a complaint made by Singapore’s PSA International, which alleged that APM Terminals and DP World created entry barriers to hinder the growth of PSA’s terminal by colluding on certain charges they levy at the state-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).

The dispute centres on inter-terminal transfers with PSA saying its two rivals are charging it more to deliver boxes to its Mumbai terminal.

The CCI said its preliminary probe found that APM Terminals and DP World had coordinated their efforts to prevent PSA from operating effectively at Mumbai port

Further details are due to be released in January.

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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