Maersk manager: Iraq is a top priority

The Maersk Line focus on Iraq is a top priority and the carrier expects much from the market. Maersk Line has been in Iraq for half a year and so far it has been a positive experience but the challenges are considerable, Maersk Line’s Managing Director in the region, Joerg Sonne tells ShippingWatch.

It has almost been six months since Maersk Line opened its first Iraq office in Basra following the American war on the Saddam Hussein regime and the results are positive even though working in Iraq poses certain challenges. Maersk Line Managing Director in Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan, Joerg Sonne, says that even though the dangers of operating in Iraq are great, it was necessary to highly prioritise the former Hussein regime on the list over Maersk Line countries. And this move has paid off.

“For the first six months this year, we have doubled the volume on our transports meaning that we have been able to lower prices on sailing in and out of Iraq. In many ways, the country is a very difficult place to do business but we have to be active here – especially as our clients are here and they are not always able to leave the country. That is why it is important that we are accessible in order to meet their demands”, Joerg Sonne says.

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