European Union trust busters raided the offices of German rail operator Deutsche Bahn in an investigation into allegations it is abusing its dominant position in the rail freight market.
The EU's executive commission March 31 said it ordered "unannounced inspections at the premises of Deutsche Bahn and some of its subsidiaries "on Tuesday in cooperation with German anti-trust authorities.
"The Commission has reason to believe that Deutsche Bahn may have breached EU anti-trust rules that prohibit the abuse of a dominant market position," the Brussels-based Commission said.
It is alleged Deutsche Bahn Energie, the supplier of electricity for traction of trains in Germany is giving preferential treatment to the group's rail freight arm.
Deutsche Bahn, which owns Schenker, the global logistics and freight forwarding group, is Europe's biggest rail cargo operator with subsidiaries in key markets, including the UK, Poland, Spain and the Netherlands.
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