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Block exemption order in relation to certain vessel sharing agreements, issued on 8 August 2017

Case Number BE/0004
Case Commencement Date 17 December 2015
Relevant Documents Application for a block exemption order by Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association (HKLSA)

Summary provided by the HKLSA of their application

Notice of application for a block exemption order

Notice of Commission preliminary consultation


Proposed block exemption order

Press release: Competition Commission publishes proposed block exemption order
for certain liner shipping agreements

Notice issued under section 16 of the Competition Ordinance of a proposed block exemption order

Statement of Preliminary Views and annexed proposed block exemption order

Presentation by industry expert retained by the Commission, held at Commission Member meeting of 12 August 2016


Issue of block exemption order

Press release: Competition Commission issues block exemption order for vessel sharing agreements in the liner shipping industry

Competition (Block Exemption For Vessel Sharing Agreements) Order 2017 and accompanying Guidance Note

Statement of Reasons


Review of block exemption order

Notice of Commission initial consultation regarding review of the block exemption order
 
Key Milestones 17 December 2015 - Application for a block exemption order

The HKLSA applied to the Commission for a block exemption order under section 15 of the Ordinance concerning certain liner shipping agreements, namely vessel sharing agreements (VSAs) and voluntary discussion agreements (VDAs).


14 September 2016 - Proposed block exemption order and consultation

The Commission published a proposed block exemption order for VSAs (but not VDAs) and invited representations from interested parties, in accordance with the procedure established in section 16 of the Competition Ordinance. For further details on the consultation on the proposed block exemption order and to view the representations received, please click here.


1 March 2017 - Publication of the supplementary submission on revised VDA scope

The Commission published a supplementary submission from the HKLSA, which proposed a revised scope of VDAs, and invited interested parties to submit comments. For further details on the supplementary submission and to view the comments received, please click here.


8 August 2017 - Issue of the block exemption order for VSAs

The Commission issued a block exemption order for VSAs, along with a Statement of Reasons setting out the reasons for the Commission's decision regarding the HKLSA's application.


5 August 2021 - Initial consultation on the review of the block exemption order

The Commission has commenced a review of the block exemption order and invited interested parties to provide information, views and evidence in an initial consultation.
 
Next Steps Following conclusion of the initial consultation, the Commission will publish a proposal on the future of the Order and seek representations, before making a final decision on the future of the block exemption order prior to 8 August 2022.

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