THE Competition Commission is investigating Transnet for "excessive pricing" in port charges and the preferential treatment of some clients to the exclusion of others.SA’s port charges are excessive by global standards and have long been identified as an impediment to business.On Thursday the commission said that areas of focus of the investigation would be charges for terminal handling for containers and those relating to automotive exports.These were much higher than the global average, it said.These particular tariffs are set by Transnet directly, while most other port charges — such as port calling charges — are set by the Ports Regulator of SA.Transnet would also be investigated for exclusionary practices. "Information in possession of the commission indicates that Transnet may have engaged in exclusionary conduct through preferential berthing windows, capped export capacity, minimum export tonnage requirements and preferential lease agreements," said Competition Commission spo...

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