Now, we’ve been thinking here at Belly Ache Central about this global price fixing cartel thing.

We reckon – once again – that we’re really in the wrong industry. We are probably not alone in our thinking that a handful of competition watchdogs the world-over have clearly jumped on the bandwagon of investigating this alleged global conspiracy to fix surcharges by major air cargo carriers, in what appears – at least […]


We reckon – once again – that we’re really in the wrong industry. We are probably not alone in our thinking that a handful of competition watchdogs the world-over have clearly jumped on the bandwagon of investigating this alleged global conspiracy to fix surcharges by major air cargo carriers, in what appears – at least to us! – to be aimed at boosting their national treasuries. Really now, how many times to you need to fine the same carrier. We’ve kinda lost count and honestly we’ve never been good with numerical calculations when they stray past the 10 digit mark, but we reckon at this point it’s probably at least US$2 billion, give or take a 100 million or so. And for the record, why don’t these same regulators take as righteous an approach with the ocean shipping industry, where container operators have happily colluded under the guise of socalled ‘shipping conferences’ for years? Oh right, they have anti-trust immunity! Not that we’re talking sour grapes here or anything…but sheesh, this just isn’t right! Anyway, we think this cartoon is a rather fitting tribute to those tireless watchdogs… or watchcats as the case may be… big, F A T cats…