June 15 2010 09:29 AM

Decrying ocean container carrier business practices, the head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee called Thursday for the end of antitrust immunity for vessel operators in the United States along with a wide range of new restrictions aimed at protecting shippers.

Rep. James L. Oberstar said carrier actions including rapid enactment of surcharges, bumping shipments from vessels and refusing to carry certain containers have caused widespread problems for retailers, costing them business as they try to recover from the recession and driving up costs for American consumers.

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