Freight forwarding is a tough enough industry as it is: The cost of fuel, drivers and tolls, not to mention cut-throat competition, allow trucking companies to just barely turn a profit at best.
So when the E.U. Commission condemned truck manufacturers for price fixing in July, it gave freight carriers something to feel angry about. The record €2.9 billion ($3.2 billion) fine sent a clear message: Truck manufacturers cheated their clients using inflated prices.
Freight transporters are now readying a counter-attack and want to see their financial losses covered. Lawsuits against truck makers have already been filed in Ireland and Turkey, and now the industry also wants to see some action in Germany.