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Trade Disruption in Qatar Region

What should shippers do? June 6th, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Yemen and Libya announced that they were severing ties with Qatar due to suspicions of Qatar financing terrorism. The actions taken by these countries had immediate effect on the trade and logistics in the region and especially to and from Qatar.

The European Shippers’ Council is continuously monitoring the developments in Qatar. Here are the recent developments and advice for shippers:

Air transport: regional disruptions

One of the first measures by the countries isolating Qatar was closing their airspace for Qatari carriers and scrapping flights between these countries and Doha, Qatar. This meant a severe blow to the flight operations of Qatar Airways:

Sea transport: transshipments via Oman

The seaport of Hammad, Qatar is feedered by smaller vessels with containers due to low water issues. This means ocean carriers normally dock at Jebel Ali (UAE) and containers are then transshipped on smaller vessel to and from Qatar. However, due to isolation no goods are being transshipped to and from Qatar via Jebel Ali. Containers are not released by the terminals for transshipments.

Road transport

Furthermore, road transport from Qatar to Saudi Arabia is blocked.

If you as a Shipper experience difficulties due to the blockade of Qatar or request more information please inform Policy Manager Rogier Spoel: / +31(0)625010898




This article was posted on June 19th, 2017 by Katsiaryna Kliuyeva under News