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Simplified outline

    The following is a simplified outline of this Part:

  This Part sets up a system for regulating international liner cargo shipping services.

  The main components of that system are as follows:

  (a)   registration of conference agreements;

  (b)   regulation of non - conference ocean carriers with substantial market power;

  (c)   regulation of unfair pricing practices;

  (d)   registration of agents of ocean carriers.

  The parties to a conference agreement relating to international liner cargo shipping services may apply for the registration of the agreement.

  If the conference agreement is registered, the parties will be given partial and conditional exemptions from:

  (a)   sections   45AF, 45AG, 45AJ and 45AK (cartel conduct); and

  (b)   section   45 (contracts etc. that restrict dealings or affect competition); and

  (c)   section   47 (exclusive dealing).

  The parties to a registered conference agreement are required to negotiate with, and provide information to, representative shipper bodies.

  The Commission may investigate whether grounds exist for the Minister to deregister a conference agreement.

  The main ground for deregistration is a breach by the parties to the agreement of requirements imposed on them by this Part.

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