Maersk have provided a further update on their services following the development of the Russia / Ukraine situation:
We at A.P. Moller – Maersk are closely following the ever-evolving situation of new sanctions against Russia and the regular adjustments that are being made to the list of restrictions.
Yesterday we communicated that until further notice we will suspend new bookings to/from Russia and that exempted from this booking suspension was foodstuffs, medical and humanitarian supplies. However, given the uncertainties with applications of sanctions, we are seeing significant delays in European hubs for Russia bound cargo.
As the stability of our operations and our customers’ cargo is critical, it is with great regret that we now also have to temporarily stop acceptance of all new reefer bookings (chilled and frozen) to/from St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad. The gateways in Novorossiysk and Far East Russia remain open at this present time.
To further cope with the congested network in European ports, we are temporarily holding the release of equipment for confirmed booking as well as stopping all stuffed containers destined to Russia at first load port or transshipment port.
It is key for Maersk that we protect our people, minimise supply chain disruption and do not add to the global congestion in ports and depots. We have announced different relief packages that customers impacted by the crisis can make use of. Among the options are free Change of Destination (COD) services and no cancellation fees on bookings to and from Ukraine and Russia. We have also extended the interim stop of the Detention and Demurrage clock for Ukraine imports and exports and Russia exports to March 11th. We would still like to highlight that for the cargo that is on its way to Russia and Ukraine that we are currently unable to deliver due to the various restrictions, we will not charge hub storage fees. With the evolving situation with ports in Europe, the Flex Hub Lite products is temporarily suspended for new requests for European hubs.
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