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US-flagged Maersk Line quits two rate-fixing discussion agreements


Federal Maritime Commission filings reveal that US-flagged Maersk Line has left the Trans-Atlantic American Flag Liner Operators Agreement that authorised its members "to discuss and agree on rates for the transportation of household goods, personal effects and unaccompanied baggage originating with US Government agencies and moving through government bills of lading."
Maersk's Maersk Line Ltd unit is out but US-flag units of American President Lines, Hapag-Lloyd and American Roll-On Roll Off remain members, reports American Shipper.
Maersk also is leaving the Trans-Pacific American Flag Berth Operators Agreement, a similar "conference that handles the ocean transportation of US Government household goods moving under government bills of lading or similar documents in the transpacific trades." APL and Matson remain members of that group.
Maersk said it was not planning any change in its services, but said that the move is in line with a decision Maersk made in late 2017 to withdraw from other voluntary discussion agreements (VDAs) elsewhere in the world.

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