A recent Press release by the shipping giant Maersk stated that “Due to the current situation in Ukraine, Maersk has stopped accepting bookings to and from the country until further notice.”
The announcement by Maersk is expected to create turmoil in the supply chain, which is already in troubled waters.
In the press release, Maersk stated that “The current circumstances mean that Maersk has decided not to call any ports in Ukraine until further notice and will stop the acceptance of orders to and from Ukraine until further notice. Cargo currently en route to Ukraine is being planned for discharge in Port Said and Korfez.”
However, to provide its customers some relief, Maersk announced the following relief packages:
- Free Change of Destination services, subject to re-stowage and shifting cost.
- No cancellation fee on active bookings to and from Ukraine.
- Interim stop of the Detention and Demurrage clock for containers in Ukraine until March 3rd, 2022, where the D&D responsibility lies with Maersk.
- Flex Hub Lite – access to up to 28 days free time in selected hub ports. This is a chargeable service that comes at a fixed cost of US $800
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Maersk also clarified that its services to and from Russia remains operational and available.