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ILA Asks FMC to Block P3 Network

The International Longshoremen’s Association asked the Federal Maritime Commission to block implementation of the P3 vessel-sharing agreement on grounds it would present “an unprecedented risk of anticompetitive practices.”

ILA President Harold Daggett said in a letter to the commission that the proposed global alliance of Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM would result in “drastic consolidation” that “presents a clear danger to workers and their families.”

“Unlike vessel-sharing agreements between smaller carriers that are designed to enable those carriers to compete in the marketplace, the P3 Agreement represents an attempt by three of the largest carriers in the industry to dictate the marketplace,” Daggett said.

In addition to the FMC, regulators in the European Union and China are scrutinizing the agreement.

FMC Chairman Mario Cordero said the commission was keeping an “open mind” on the agreement.

The FMC is accepting comments on the proposed agreement until Nov. 29.

via: www.joc.com