The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has found the Container Trailer Owners Coordination Committee (CTOCC) and its four participating associations to have indulged in anti-competitive conduct, thereby contravening the competition law.
The four participating associations are: Cochin Container Carrier Owners Welfare Association (CCCOWA), Vallarpadam Trailer Owners Association (VTOA), Kerala Container Carrier Owners Association (KCCOA) and Island Container Carrier Owners Association (ICCOA). In a reference filed by the Cochin Port Trust, it was brought to the notice of CCI that these associations, under the garb of ‘Turn System’, have indulged in unilateral fixation of prices.
It was alleged that during the Turn System, the users and container trailers were obliged to book services only through this centrally controlled system and that CTOCC was restraining outside transporters from lifting the containers, which was impeding the ability of the users to hire trailers of their choice.
Following a detailed investigation by the Director General, the CCI has found that CTOCC, along with the participating associations, has resorted to price fixing under the garb of the Turn System.