Shipments of foodstuffs and medical provides to Russia threat being broken or spoiled as a consequence of vital delays at ports and customs, transport group Maersk informed its clients on Wednesday.
Maersk and two different massive container strains have briefly suspended cargo shipments to and from Russia in response to Western sanctions on Moscow following its invasion of Ukraine.
The suspension didn’t embrace foodstuffs, medical and humanitarian provides.
“We do, nonetheless, warn warning on nonetheless putting bookings for perishable cargo as a consequence of vital delays in key transshipment hubs which will harm the cargo,” Maersk stated in a buyer advisory on its web site.
It stated customs authorities within the European Union and UK are inspecting all containers to and from Russia transiting their terminals and ports to establish sanctioned and restricted shipments.
As a consequence, Maersk stated it couldn’t present any ensures and noticed a “vital threat to our clients’ perishable cargo.”
For the previous yr the world has been scuffling with provide chain bottlenecks brought on by surging demand for retail items transported on container ships amid lockdowns associated to the coronavirus pandemic.
The oblique impacts of sanctions was now placing additional strain on world freight, Maersk added.
“This can be a world influence, and never solely restricted to commerce with Russia.”
(Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Stine Jacobsen, Enhancing by Louise Heavens and Jane Merriman)
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