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CMA investigation launched into the capacity sharing agreement between P&O Ferries and DFDS

25 November 2021

On 11 November 2021, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched an investigation into the agreement between P&O Ferries Holdings Limited and DFDS A/S to share capacity with respect to their driver-accompanied freight shipments on the Dover-Calais route.

In May 2021, the two ferry operators entered a mutual space charter agreement on the Dover-Calais route in efforts to shorten freight customers' waiting times. Currently, P&O Ferries has five vessels operating on the Dover-Calais route, whilst DFDS runs three.

The investigation was launched under Chapter I of the Competition Act (1998) to assess whether the agreement has the potential to prevent, restrict or distort competition within the UK.