Friday, February 25, 2022

As Ukraine Crisis Develops so Shipping Lines Seek to Advise Customers of the Situation

Maersk First to Outline What Will Happen with Cargo
Shipping News Feature

DENMARK – RUSSIA – UKRAINE – WORLDWIDE – The Russian invasion of Ukraine will obviously have a huge effect on the world of global shipping. Shipping companies, freight forwarding agents and the like are, of necessity, firmly embedded in the countries from which they trade.

At this stage nobody can predict how the crisis will play out, short or long term, but as efficiently as ever the carriers are reacting as the drama unfolds. Danish giant Maersk seems to be the fastest to react and it is likely that all companies within the industry will follow the same path.

Firstly of course logistics groups will wish to ensure the safety of their staff as far as is possible. To this end Maersk has decreed all local employees have been instructed to work from home away from any conflict areas and declaring itself relieved that, so far, none of its workforce have been injured.

With immediate effect no Maersk vessel will be calling at any Ukrainian port and the company has stopped the acceptance of orders to and from Ukraine until further notice. Services in Russia, meanwhile, currently remain available but are potentially subject to change as things develop.  

Ukrainian bound cargo that is on the water will most likely be discharged in Port Said and Korfez with customer experience representatives available to explain the situation to affected clients. A Maersk advisory web page where the latest situational updates will be added daily has been created and for customers there is access the Maersk Logistics Hub to make use of an interactive map functionality and AI-powered analysis to predict more accurate estimated times of arrival (ETA). 

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