Long waiting periods on visas, enormous transportation difficulties and an opaque new regime are some of the difficulties Maersk Line has been facing in Iraq, Managing Director, Joerg Sonne has described to ShippingWatch. Other than Iraq, Joerg Sonne is also the Managing Director in Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain.
Following the one and a half year, Joerg Sonne has spent in order to start-up the Maersk Line office in Iraq, security problems, as big as they are, are not the most remarkable difference compared to other countries in which Maersk Line is active. Instead, he considers the level of bureaucracy as the factor differing the most from other countries. Bureaucracy has made establishing Maersk Line in Iraq a very slow process.