Martinair executive charged in US cargo probe

A US grand jury in Atlanta returned an indictment against Maria Christina “Meta” Ullings, a senior vice president for Martinair Holland N.V. If found guilty Ullings could face 10 years in prison and a US$1 million fine. According to a US Justice Department statement, Ullings conspired with others to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing […]


Maria Christina Ullings Martinair Meta price fixing surcharge US


A US grand jury in Atlanta returned an indictment against Maria Christina “Meta” Ullings, a senior vice president for Martinair Holland N.V. If found guilty Ullings could face 10 years in prison and a US$1 million fine. According to a US Justice Department statement, Ullings conspired with others to suppress and eliminate competition by fixing and coordinating certain surcharges, including fuel surcharges, charged to customers located in the US and elsewhere for international air shipments to and from the US from at least as early as January 2001 until at least February 2006. The indictment alleges Ullings and co-conspirators carried out the conspiracy by communicating and agreeing upon certain surcharges to be charged for shipments to and from the US. As part of the conspiracy, Ullings and co-conspirators monitored the surcharge agreements and accepted payments at noncompetitive rates. A total of 17 airlines and eight executives, including Ullings, have been charged in the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into price fixing in the air transportation industry. To date, more than $1.6 billion in criminal fines have been imposed and four executives have been sentenced to serve prison time. Charges are pending against four executives, including Ullings.