Maersk: We only paid commissions in Brazil

Following accusations of being involved in bribery in Brazil, the Maersk Group states that it has only paid the standard 1.25 percent commission to shipbroker Gandra. "Maersk does not have a contract with Paulo Roberto Costa," says the Group.

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This Monday morning the Maersk Group denies accusations leveled against the company over the weekend in Brazilian newspaper Época, which describes how the Group allegedly used bribes to secure orders.

The accusations, also reported in the Financial Times, charge that a shipbroker Maersk has used in Brazil allegedly paid bribes to Paulo Roberta Costa, who held a senior position at Petrobras, Brazil's dominating oil company. Petrobras is also a key customer for several of the Maersk Group's companies working in energy, just as Petrobras is important to the Group's competitors.

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