Watchdog Slams Maersk and DP World


Maersk and DP World have been ordered to withdraw certain customer advisories from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) by the Competition Commission of India, (CCI), India’s largest container port, according to Reuters.

The news is an update to the story from December 2018, which PTI reported on, that saw the CCI open an investigation into alleged violations by Maersk and DP World at the JNPT following a complaint by terminal operator PSA International.

Both companies denied the accusations when the probe was opened, with DP World reportedly presenting a petition to the Indian High Court to block the investigation.  

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According to Reuters, which claims to have seen a document ordering the withdrawal, the CCI has said the presence of Maersk and DP World advisories “smacks of anti-competitive” conduct.

Furthermore, it said that if the advisories are not withdrawn, they would cause “irretrievable damage or losses” to PSA and would hinder the JNPT’s development.

A DP World spokesperson is quoted by Reuters as saying the company had not received any order from CCI but was “committed to ensuring” it complies with all laws.

PTI has contacted Maersk but has yet to receive comment. 

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