The European Commission has confirmed sending a Statement of Objections to a number of undertakings, alleging a cartel arrangement for bulk shipping of liquids on deep sea routes. The Statement of Objections alleges that the undertakings concerned were involved in customer allocation, bid-rigging, price-fixing and the exchange of confidential market information. The Statement of Objections is based on information gathered during unannounced inspections carried out by the Commission in February 2003. Subsequently additional information was provided under the Commission's Leniency Notice.