March 9, 2020
A group legal action has been filed in the UK against five maritime car carriers over delivery charges.
The action is being brought against five of the world’s leading carriers, the Japanese carriers MOL, K Line and NYK, Sweden’s WWL/EUKOR, and Chile’s CSAV.
In February 2018 the European Commission ruled that the companies had violated EU Competition Laws and they were fined €395 million after it was found they coordinated rates, allocated tenders, coordinated reductions in the market capacity, and exchanged commercially sensitive information to maintain or increase the cost of shipping new vehicles.
They were accused of overcharging UK individuals and businesses by £150 million. The exact charge for each delivery varied depending on where the car came from, but customers could have been overcharged by up to £60 per vehicle delivery.
The action is being brought via a specialist UK judicial body the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), and has been launched by Former Which? Parliamentary and legal affairs manager Mark McLaren through Mark McLaren Class Representative Limited, a company set up specifically to bring this claim on the behalf of consumers and businesses.
Woodsford Litigation Funding is funding the legal action so anyone who is eligible can receive damages without having to pay legal fees.
You could automatically be eligible if you bought or leased a new car or light commercial vehicles from an extensive list of manufacturers including Ford, Vauxhall, Volkswagen, Peugeot, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, Citroen and Renault.
It is believed that up to 17 million cars are said to have been affected by the charges.
Please note that Wessex Fleet does not charge you for delivery so if you leased a vehicle from one of these manufacturers through us then you would not be eligible.
If you think you could be you can register your interest at cardeliverycharges.com.