Liner Conferences in Competition Law

A Comparative Analysis of European and Chinese Law

  • Hongyan Liu

Part of the Hamburg Studies on Maritime Affairs book series (HAMBURG, volume 17)

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A liner conference, as a self-regulation organisational form of liner shipping companies, constitutes a typical "hard-core cartel" with significant anti-competitive effect. One of the main three trade routes of liner shipping traffic is the Europe-Asia Trade, on the two ends of which both the European Community (EC) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) play important roles in the international liner shipping market. However, the competition regimes on liner conferences in both jurisdictions are not equivalent. From a comparative point of view, this book reviews the historical development of maritime policy and regulatory legislation in the EC and the PRC, catches insight into the system of regulation regime and individual provisions in substantive and procedural meaning, and finally provides a wide-ranging perspective on the future competition regulation in respect of the latest developments in both jurisdictions.


China Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law Guidelines on the application of Article 81 EC to maritime t Regulation 4056/86 liner conference liner shipping

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  • Hongyan Liu
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  1. 1.internationales PrivatrechtMPI für ausländisches undHamburgGermany

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