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Maersk et al Cleared in US  ‘Cartel’ Case
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Maersk et al Cleared in US ‘Cartel’ Case

Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd and MSC all cleared by Department of Justice

TLME News Service

Industry giants including Maersk, MSC and Hapag-Lloyd have all been cleared after a United States Department of Justice investigation into whether the leading liners of the globe were operating as a ‘cartel’.

The case was originally filed in 2017, with leading figures of the world’s top liners giving evidence of their practices.

Camilla Jain Holtse, Maersk’s Head of Competition Law & Policy, said in a statement: “We are pleased to confirm that the United States Department of Justice has closed its investigation into containerised shipping and has released Maersk from any obligations under the Grand Jury subpoenas issued during the March 2017 meeting of the International Council of Containership Operators.”

A spokesman for German liner Hapag-Lloyd added: “Hapag-Lloyd was informed that the US Department of Justice, Antitrust Division is closing its investigation without charges against the company, its affiliates or any other current or former employees.”

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