The Hong Kong Competition Commission receives an application for a block exemption for liner shipping agreements (Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association)

Hong Kong Shipping Association Seeks Liner Exemption* The Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association has submitted to the Hong Kong Competition Commission for consideration a block exemption for liner shipping agreements. The HK Commission gave interested parties until March 24 to comment on the Association’s request. Hong Kong’s new Competition Ordinance, which bans cartel and other anticompetitive agreements, took effect just last month (see blog post Hong Kong Competition Ordinance Takes Effect), and without an exemption would presumably prohibit the types of agreements proposed under the exception request. In the summary of its application (here), the Hong Kong Shipping Association says it seeks immunity for two types of agreements: (i) voluntary discussion agreements (“VDAs”); and (ii)

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Robert E. Connolly, The Hong Kong Competition Commission receives an application for a block exemption for liner shipping agreements (Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association), 17 December 2015, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2015, Art. N° 77718

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