European Commission OK’s Hapag-Lloyd, UASC Merger

Shipping containers belonging to German transportation firm Hapag-Lloyd are seen stacked at a port in Singapore
Shipping containers belonging to German transportation firm Hapag-Lloyd are seen stacked at a port in Singapore August 25, 2008. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

by Gabriela Baczynska (Reuters) The European Commission on Wednesday said it has given its conditional approval to a merger between German container shipping line

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The merger would create a combined company worth about 7 to 8 billion euros ($7.5-$8.6 billion). It would be the world’s fifth largest shipping firm, with access to the Asia-to-Europe trade route and trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific routes.

“Both companies operate in the container liner shipping sector,” the Commission said. “The clearance is conditional on the withdrawal of UASC from a consortium on the trade routes between Northern Europe and North America, where the merged entity would have faced insufficient competitive constraint.”

(Writing by Gabriela Baczynska)
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