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British Shipping and World Competition$
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S G Sturmey

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497322

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497322.001.0001

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The Conference System

The Conference System

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(p.271) Chapter 13 The Conference System
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British Shipping and World Competition
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S.G. Sturmey

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780986497322.003.0013

This chapter explores the shipping conference system in relation to the development of the British shipping industry. It outlines the purpose of conferences - namely, to control and reduce competition amongst rival companies; summarises their history; explores the limitations of monopoly power; examines the impact of conferences on freight rates; evaluates loyalty contracts; evaluates whether or not conferences provided rate stability; and, in detail, examines the effect of conferences on British shipping in relation to the rest of the world. It concludes by claiming that conferences are often an uneconomic use of resources, and the author casts doubt on their continued relevance in years to come.

Keywords:   Shipping Conferences, Liner Shipping, Shipping Monopolies, British Liner Companies

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