Public Consultation on Proposed Recommendation for the Block Exemption Order for Liner Shipping Agreements

14 July 2021

FOREWORD

Introduction

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has conducted a review of the current Competition (Block Exemption for Liner Shipping Agreements) Order (the “BEO”) made by the Minister for Trade and Industry (the “Minister”) under section 36 of the Competition Act (Cap. 50B) (the “Competition Act”). The current BEO expires on 31 December 2021. CCCS now seeks comments and views on its proposed recommendation to the Minister in relation to the BEO.

This document includes an annex which provides an overview of the proposed recommendation, the possible impact of the proposed recommendation on the Singapore economy as well as questions for interested parties to consider and respond to.

Responding to this consultation

CCCS welcomes responses to this consultation from all sources, including the business community, government departments, law firms, consultancy firms, as well as members of the public. Persons responding to the consultation should indicate any organisation(s) or interest(s) they represent.

The consultation period begins on 14 July 2021 and ends on 4 August 2021.

Please submit your response by way of the Public Consultation Feedback Form (link). Alternatively, you may submit your response via email to CCCS_consultation@cccs.gov.sg (Subject title: Public Consultation on BEO; Attn: Ms. Leow Rui Ping).

It would be preferred if any responses via email set out a respondent’s submission in the form of an attachment, organised in the following manner.

 

(i) Cover page

(ii) Table of contents

(iii) Statement of interest

(iv) Summary of major points

(v) Comments and responses to questions

(vi) Conclusion

 

All submissions should be clearly and concisely written and should provide a reasoned explanation for any views on CCCS’s proposed recommendation. Where relevant, respondents should identify the specific paragraph of the consultation paper to which they are providing comments and views. Any supporting material for the submission may be annexed.

 

In the interests of transparency, CCCS proposes to publish a summary of the key comments to this consultation. Respondents may request that any part of a submission believed to be confidential or commercially sensitive be kept confidential. Any such information should be clearly marked when sent to CCCS.

 

Next steps

 

Following this consultation, CCCS will review the responses provided before making its recommendation to the Minister. It is expected that a document summarising the key comments to this consultation, will be published in due course.

Annex