About this initiative


EU rules normally prevent companies from working together in a way that might restrict competition, but companies shipping cargo by sea have been granted an exemption from this ban as they often need to work together to make their operations more financially viable and efficient.

The EU is proposing to extend the regulation granting the exemption (the ‘Consortia Block Exemption Regulation’) by another 4 years from when it expires in April 2020.

Type of act


Feedback: closed
Feedback period
20 November 2019 - 03 January 2020 (midnight Brussels time)
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Feedback (21)

  • 3 January 2020 Business association
    Global Shippers Forum (GSF) (Belgium)

    GSF disagrees with the Commission’s proposal to simply prolong the CBER. The terms of the Review seem to have limited discussion to either renewal or non-renewal of the current legal instrument. This has precluded the possibility of a wider discussion of the role of competition policy in optimising the benefits of Consortia to shippers and other consumers of their services. The terms of the Review also regrettably precluded any assessment of...

  • 3 January 2020 Business association
    Freight Transport Association (FTA) (United Kingdom)

    The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is one of the biggest business groups in the UK, supporting, shaping and standing up for efficient logistics. We are the only organisation in the UK that represents all of logistics, including the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods and who meet regularly as part of FTA’s Shippers’ Council. In November 2019, the...

  • 2 January 2020 Company/business organisation
    European Tugowners Associaiton (Belgium)

    The European Tugowners Association welcomes the opportunity to give feedback to the Staff Working Document of the commission related to CBER. It is unfortunate that the CBER has been unilaterally extended without taking into consideration the concerns of a number of stakeholders including that of ETA. The attachment contains the full details of ETA's response to the consultation on the SWD. Hereunder are a few initial comments: Since the...

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Public consultation

Feedback: upcoming
Planned for
Third quarter 2019

Commission adoption

Planned for
Fourth quarter 2019

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