Commerce Commission goes after Waltham container company

The Commerce Commission has started High Court proceedings against a Christchurch container business over its alleged attempt at price fixing with a competitor.

Specialised Container Services (Christchurch) Ltd operates a container depot on Mowbray St in Waltham.

Vehicle booking systems are used by some container depot operators to facilitate the booking of time slots for delivery and collection of containers at the depots.  Container depot operators sometimes charge a fee for any bookings made.

The commission alleges SCS Christchurch director Grant Tregurthain attempted to reach an agreement with a competitor to charge the same “vehicle booking system” fee to customers. 

The conduct was allegedly an attempt to enter into a price fixing agreement with its competitor in breach of the Commerce Act.

A commission spokesperson says it cannot comment further on the case while it is before the court.