Healthy competition

We work to ensure that liner shipping continues to work efficiently and in an ethical way to contribute to the smooth functioning of international trade and the intermodal transportation network.

A competitive industry.


The liner shipping industry abides by national and regional competition compliance and governance regulation.

There are more than 100 international liner ship operators providing more than 2000 regularly scheduled services, most weekly, enabling trade between the many nations of the world. 

Managing Covid congestion in global supply chains.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on the entire supply chain, including liner shipping. Demand-driven disruptions and inland congestion during 2021 and 2022 led to severe delays and increased rate levels. Carriers mobilized to meet this demand by increasing capacity on existing trades and entering new trades. Liner carriers ordered more new vessels than ever before, and new companies entered the field.

The market for container shipping is global and highly contested, with spot rates fluctuating markedly in response to changes in supply and demand. Studies by regulators in the U.S. recently reported on this fact, and European authorities have repeatedly and recently published their view of the market.


Delivering efficient shipping services for Europe.

The EU’s Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER) brings more efficient transport of goods and improved shipping services for Europe, by allowing ocean carriers to enter into operational vessel sharing agreements.