Distorted competition

Distorted competition

26/03/2014

The seas are becoming choppier in container transport. Not only are shipping lines defending their market shares with greater vigour than ever before, the competition between the top 3 European container ports is also heating up (see ITJ 01-04/2014, p. 15). Melanie Schultz van Haegen, the Dutch minister for infrastructure and the environment, most recently had some strong words to say about the matter: due to the state support provided by the Belgian and German governments to their relevant seaports, the latter benefit from an «unfair» competitive edge over the port of Rotterdam.

Source: ITJ (International Transport Journal). Read news here

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