13 May 2020
On 9 January 2020, the Malaysia Competition Commission (“MyCC”) issued a proposed decision against seven warehouse operators for infringing section 4 of the Competition Act 2010 in relation to the fixing of surcharges on long length handling and heavy lift handling services.
The seven entities involved in the MyCC’s proposed decision are:
- Regional Synergy (M) Sdn. Bhd.;
- WCS Warehousing Sdn. Bhd.;
- Pioneerpac Sdn. Bhd.;
- Interocean Warehousing Service Sdn. Bhd.;
- Intrexim Sdn. Bhd.;
- SAL Agencies Sdn. Bhd.; and
- Prima Warehousing Sdn. Bhd.
In its proposed decision, the MyCC provisionally found that these entities were engaged in a price fixing conduct in relation to the rates for long length handling surcharge and heavy lift handling surcharge for all import and export cargoes in Northport and Westport areas in Port Klang.
According to statements made by the Chief Executive Officer of the MyCC, price fixing is seen as the “supreme evil of competition law” and the MyCC is actively trying to combat such issues in Malaysia.