To restrict competition between the member lines of a conference it has commonly been considered necessary for all members to charge identical freight rates. These inherently stable freight rates give short-term benefits, but the lack of competition tends in the longer term to increase costs, and thereby freight rates, through inefficiency and lack of co-ordination. At the other extreme, the operation of liner services in a freely competitive environment would almost certainly lead to irregularity of sailings and volatile freight rates, which are inconvenient and far from conducive to trade. The authors believe that the uniform freight rates of liner conferences should be modified by a fork tariff, allowing variation within fixed limits. They set out the advantages and limitations of a fork tariff.

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  • Authors:
    • Evans, J J
    • Benham, A
  • Publication Date: 1975-1

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  • Accession Number: 00098625
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1975 12:00AM