With effect from 17th October 2008 shipping conferences will be illegal in the European Union as a result of anti-trust legislation. steamship lines will be unale to collude with others on freight rates, surcharges and ancillary costs. We expect the market to be voliatile in the coming months. As a founder member of MarcoPoloLine with it’s huge network and buying power Mercator is in a strong position to offer competitive freight rates, so don’t hesitate to contact us now with your enquiries. paul@mercatorcargo.co.uk