Competition Bureau outlines its assessment of CN’s acquisition of H&R
CN and H&R are both providers of intermodal transportation services in Canada. An intermodal shipment involves transporting goods in containers using two (or more) modes of transportation, such as truck and train, before it arrives at its destination.
Section 96 of the Competition Act allows for a trade-off analysis between anti-competitive effects and efficiencies resulting from a transaction. If the Bureau’s review concludes that efficiencies gained are greater than, and will offset, the anti-competitive effects, the Bureau may decide not to oppose the merger on these grounds. It is the responsibility of merging parties to demonstrate these efficiencies in their submissions to the Bureau.
The Bureau obtained information from multiple sources during the course of its investigation, including through interviews with numerous stakeholders, information provided by CN, H&R and third parties, as well as analyses conducted by an independent efficiencies expert.
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