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Maersk Line installed a "sleeping partner" in Tunisia

Maersk Line has had a "sleeping partner" in Tunisia, although authorities require foreign companies to partner with domestic players in an active, local co-ownership. Now, Maersk Line has had to establish a new joint venture taking over the role of Maersk Tunisie.

The Port of Rades is the primary container port in Tunisia. | Photo: Office de la Marine Marchande et des Ports

Maersk Line has had severe difficulties renewing its license in Tunisia, and the explanation for that can apparently be found by looking back a few years. Consequently, the shipping group has on Thursday been forced to form a new joint venture to secure its presence going forward.

The problems relate to an agreement the shipping group came up with in 2011, at a point when the Arab Spring disturbed the balance of power in the North African country.

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