Shipping companies: Politicians more attentive concerning embargoes

The Danish Foreign Ministry and EU have become more attentive to the shipping companies’ opinions on embargoes. That benefits the shipping companies since the consideration for the industry is more marked than previously when embargoes are passed, says The Danish Shipowners’ Association.

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The relationship with the Danish Foreign Ministry is very good, and that makes it easier than previously to consider the interests of the Danish shipping companies when sanctions are passed in EU, sanctions that are important to the merchant navy, says The Danish Shipowners’ Association in its yearly report.

2011 and 2012 have been characterized by political unrest, especially in the Middle East as a consequence of the Arab spring. That is felt by the shipping companies, which are affected by EU’s political sanctions, created to put pressure on governments in, among others, Syria and Iran. The sanction against the latter is due to the regime’s nuclear program. However, the sanctions are proving harmful less harmful to the shipping trade than previously, because EU is now more attentive to the interests of the companies.   

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