International shipping competition agencies meet

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Daniel B. Maffei joined his colleagues from the European Union and the People’s Republic of China for the fifth biennial meeting of the Global Regulatory Summit to discuss competition issues related to the shipping industry.

The meeting was hosted by the European Commission and held virtually on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Three broad agenda items were discussed during the meeting.  First, sectoral developments since the start of the COVID-pandemic including an analysis of supply and demand and an identification of bottlenecks in the ocean-linked supply chain and the causes of service disruptions.  Second, actions undertaken so far by relevant jurisdictions and authorities in response and their results.  Finally, the way forward and possible actions to increase resilience and smooth operations in the sector.

The European Delegation was led by Henrik Mørch, the Director for Transport, Post, and Other Services, Directorate General for Competition.  The Chinese delegation was led by Li Tianbi, Director General of the Water Transport Bureau, Ministry of Transportation, People’s Republic of China.  Commissioners Rebecca F. Dye, Michael A. Khouri, and Carl W. Bentzel also attended the Summit on behalf of the FMC.

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Source: FMC