Shipping Line Practices in the Maritime Freight Industry Raises Concern .
Concerns are heightening in the maritime freight industry over shipping line practices and the ability to ensure a level playing field.
Recent communications by A.P. Moller–Maersk Group, which purported to restrict access for international freight forwarders in many economies through shifts from contracted arrangement to spot rates, brought 2021 to a bleak close, exacerbated by an ailing world economy and a turbulent maritime supply chain.
In response, FIATA in its press release calls for economies around the world to exercise greater scrutiny in the interests of ensuring free market competition and consumer protection.
The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) continues to take proactive steps to investigate these matters, having issued new guidance on the complaints filing process for shippers and trade associations.
Recent news on the FMC’s investigations into Hapag-Lloyd’s detention and demurrage charges forecast that this case could be set to become an industry precedent.
However, following the joint press release issued by FIATA and CLECAT in July 2021 calling on OECD countries to include logistics services in the scope of BEPS Pillar 2, the OECD released its Pillar Two model rules in December 2021.
FIATA welcomes the model rules, which, in line with the joint press release, do not include income from ancillary services within the definition of international shipping income which itself is excluded from the scope of BEPS Pillar Two.