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NEW DELHI: India’s antitrust body is investigating domestic units of global delivery companies, such as Germany’s DHL, US-based United Parcel Service and FedEx, for alleged collusion on discounts and tariffs, documents seen by Reuters showed.
It is the latest such scrutiny for the logistics industry, some dating back to 2015, when France levied fines amounting to $735 million on 20 companies, including FedEx and DHL, for secretly colluding to increase prices.
In recent weeks, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has begun reviewing hundreds of thousands of emails as it investigates the fees companies charged for airport services, according to Government documents and three sources.
Its inquiry began in Oct. 2022 after the Federation of Indian Publishers complained that DHL, FedEx, UPS and Dubai’s Aramex, along with some domestic firms, were deciding charges together and controlling customer discounts.
Such actions, if proved, violate Indian antitrust laws.
The publisher said company executives exchanged commercially sensitive information regarding volumes, charges and discounts on courier and storage services offered at airports, before deciding on rates, the documents stated.