Antitrust Chief Bars State-owned Ports From Gaining Control of Private Rivals

Ruling also makes it a criminal offense to interfere with operations of planned private ports.

Antitrust commissioner David Gilo ruled Wednesday that the companies operating the Ashdod and Haifa ports are an oligopoly in loading and unloading shipping containers, a move that will bar the two companies from trying to gain control of the private ports being planned by the government.