This special issue of the Journal is devoted entirely to Liner Shipping in the US Trades. Against a rising crisis in the liner conference trades into and out of the USA, the US Department of Justice (DOJ), in January 1977, published a report--The Regulated Ocean Shipping Industry--which severly attacked the conference system as it operates in US trades. Following a discussion of the DOJ report with members of the Council of European and Japanese National Shipowners' Association (CENSA) it was agreed by CENSA to give members of the Department of Maritime Studies the opportunity to reply to the DOJ report and to assist them with some of the costs of so doing. This report represents a critique of the DOJ report and contains rigorous economic arguments for an alternative view of conferences, legal arguments against the present unilateral regulation of shipping by the USA, a detailed analysis of the DOJ report and various supportive appendices. This study comprises four major sections. Section A presents the reader with a broad view of liner conference operations, covering the origin of the conference system, its internal organization, achievements and the problems and inefficiencies generated in trades with the US by FMC regulation. Section B explores the legal aspects of conference operation and is especially concerned with the implications and legality of the USA's policy of unilateral regulation of conferences through national legislation. Section C investigates the economic environment in which conferences operate, postulates a new economic model of conference pricing and provides a general critique of existing economic models applied to liner shipping. Section D consists of a detailed critique of the DOJ's Report The Regulated Ocean Shipping Industry and illustrates the failures of that Report.

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  • Authors:
    • EVANS, J
    • Davies, J
    • Lowe, V
    • Gardner, Brendon J
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

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  • Accession Number: 00183176
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Taylor & Francis
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1978 12:00AM