Maersk Line: Iran is about business – not reputation

Maersk Line states that it has stopped calling at Iranian ports because of a lack of business opportunities and not in order to tend to its American interests, the carrier informs ShippingWatch on Thursday.

Photo: Maersk Line

The Maersk Line decision to no longer service Iranian ports is taken from a business point of view and not out of wish of having a better relationship to e.g. the Unites States. So the carrier confirms Thursday in an interview with ShippingWatch following yesterday’s statement from a Maersk spokeswoman in Reuters that “the decision was based on a weighing of the advantages of having a limited business in Iran against the risk of hurting our business opportunities elsewhere – especially in the US”.

“I guess we have to be more accurate in our way of explaining the situation. Since the start of the year, our business volumes from Iranian ports have decreased following the EU and US sanctions and today the levels are so small that we have no interest in them. That is why, we have decided to leave the market to others for the time being. It is a decision based strictly on the fact that the cargo volume present is not sufficient”, Maersk Line Press Officer Michael Christian Storgaard says.

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