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Types of cartel conduct

There are certain forms of anti-competitive conduct that are known as cartel conduct. These include agreeing with your competitors to:

  • sell goods or services at the same price or agree to a pricing structure
  • restrict or control the amount of goods or services available to customers
  • divide or allocate customers, suppliers or geographical areas
  • rig bids in a tender process.

Examples:

  1. If two cleaning companies agree that one will handle domestic clients and one will handle commercial clients, they have formed a cartel.

  2. If three construction companies agree to take turns in submitting the lowest bids for local government tenders in their state, they have formed a cartel.

No need for a formal agreement

An informal understanding can still amount to cartel conduct. Competing businesses verbally agreeing to fix prices over lunch or at a cocktail party will be just as guilty as if the agreement was in writing and made in a boardroom.

For more information, visit Cartels.