Commissioner William P. Doyle of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission voted in favor of requesting additional information from The Ocean Alliance parties.
The request for additional information (RFAI) effectively stops the clock on the agreement until such time as the filing parties answer the questions proposed in the RFAI. Once those questions are answered and filed with the commission, a new 45-day clock commences.
This Ocean Alliance agreement was filed with the Commission July 15, 2016 and would have become effective August 29, 2016, absent commission action. The Ocean Alliance parties, which includes of COSCO Container Lines Company, CMA-CGM (with APL), Evergreen Marine Corporation and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), are looking to go live with the alliance in or about April 2017.
“I pay special attention to competition matters especially to small businesses, downstream participants and the upstream—supplier and vendor markets,” Commissioner Doyle said. “We’ve been down this road before with language proposed, but not implemented by the P3 Alliance and the language in the existing 2M Alliance (Maersk and MSC). I’d like to see fair dealing and transparency in how the parties handle negotiations with third parties, suppliers, small businesses and other service providers. Using their proposed buying power through proposed joint purchasing agreements could harm both downstream and upstream participants.”
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