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Singapore – CCS Issues Proposed Infringement Decision Against 11 Freight Forwarders.

19 August, 2014

 

The Competition Commission of Singapore (“CCS”) announced on 1 April 2014, that it has issued a Proposed Infringement Decision (“PID”) against 11 freight forwarding companies and their Singapore subsidiaries/affiliates for an alleged infringement of section 34 of the Singapore Competition Act (Cap. 50B) (“Competition Act”). Section 34 of the Competition Act prohibits agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings or concerted practices which have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within Singapore.


The 11 parties subject to the PID are:


(a) Deutsche Post A.G.; DHL Global Forwarding Japan K.K.; DHL Global Forwarding Management (Asia Pacific) Pte. Ltd. and its subsidiary, DHL Global Forwarding (Singapore) Pte. Ltd;


(b) Hankyu Hanshin Express Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary, Hankyu Hanshin Express (Singapore) Pte. Ltd;


(c) “K” Line Logistics, Ltd. and its subsidiary, “K” Line Logistics (Singapore) Pte. Ltd;


(d) Kintetsu World Express, Inc. and its subsidiary, KWE-Kintetsu World Express (S) Pte. Ltd;


(e) MOL Logistics (Japan) Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary, MOL Logistics (Singapore) Pte. Ltd;


(f) Nippon Express Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary, Nippon Express (Singapore) Pte. Ltd;


(g) Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary, NNR Global Logistics (S) Pte. Ltd;


(h) Nissin Corporation and its subsidiary, Nissin Transport (S) Pte. Ltd;


(i) Vantec Corporation and its former subsidiary, Vantec World Transport (S) Pte. Ltd;


(j) Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries, Yamato Global Logistics Japan Co., Ltd. and Yamato Asia Pte. Ltd; and


(k) Yusen Logistics Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary, Yusen Logistics (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.


According to CCS, the parties had allegedly engaged in collectively fixing certain fees and surcharges, and exchanging price and customer information in relation to the provision of air freight forwarding services for shipments from Japan to Singapore. This is the second successive PID issued by CCS with an international dimension and arising from a leniency application. The parties were given 35 working days from the receipt of the PID to respond and provide any other information to CCS by way of representations.


CCS has yet to issue its final determination in respect of the matter.

 

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Chong Kin Lim, Director, Drew & Napier

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Scott Clements, Drew & Napier

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