COPENHAGEN : AP Moller-Maersk has closed its operations in Russia and services with Belarus because of the crisis in Ukraine.
The shipping line made the advisory to give its customers the ability to manage their supply chain and have the necessary information to better plan their logistical network.
“Maersk, being a responsible market participant, acts in compliance with all applicable legal regulations. Due to the operational challenges and rapidly changing trade and cargo flows, Maersk has decided to orderly wind down operations in Russia,” it said.
The winding down does not allow for any new business in either Russia or Belarus. It takes into consideration the safety and stability of its people and it has worked steadily to ensure that they are safe.
“We have done our utmost to withdraw from Russia in a responsible way, with our offices in Far East Russia, Novorossiysk and Kaliningrad expected to close down during the summer of 2022. The Saint Petersburg and Moscow offices will run until the end of the year. Our Belarus office will also be shut down during the summer,” it said.
It said safeguarding customers’ supply chains remains a top priority. Their teams have been in close contact with the customers during the past months. “For the affected cargo we have done our utmost to deliver it to initially planned end-destinations or to offer a change of destination where practicable, legally allowed, and reasonable for our customers. However, for some customers this has not been possible despite our efforts,” it said.
Maersk vowed to minimize disruption to its customers’ supply chains and strongly encouraged the affected customers to keep the lines of communication open between their teams to ensure that they find the best solutions for their company’s logistics.
Maersk has decided not to call any ports in Ukraine, be it ocean or air, until further notice and stop the acceptance of all new orders to and from the country until further notice.