€163,630 fine imposed on three companies for bid-rigging in supply of wood chips in Latvia

The Competition Council of Republic of Latvia (CC) has imposed fine of €163,630 on three companies – Ake Logistika, Latgales Mulča & Mg Auto, for exchanging commercially sensitive information & bid-rigging in 5 public procurement issued by state-owned Latvijas valsts meži for delivery, chipping, storage and transportation of wood chips. CC found that all the bids submitted on the e-procurement website where submitted from a single IP address, as well as two companies being registered through a common e-mail address.