An investigation, including dawn raids, has been undertaken by the European Commission into the behaviour of certain participants in the market for transport of bulk liquids by sea. On 11 April the watchdog took the formal step of indicating its suspicions to the parties involved. The companies implicated are suspected of having been engaged in a variety of illegal practices, including customer allocation, bid-rigging and price fixing.
In a separate investigation the Commission is also considering the car glass market. It suspects that a number of companies have been colluding by allocating customers and agreeing supply quotas and prices for most motor vehicle manufacturers in the EU. It is now for the companies in the two investigations to supply responses to the watchdog, setting out the facts which they consider relevant to their defence against the allegations.