Maersk has announced the closure of its operations in Russia and Belarus due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. The Danish company has already stopped all vessel operations in Russia and service with Belarus and it will gradually shut down all domestic operations. The carrier confirmed the upcoming closure of its offices in Far East Russia, Novorossiysk and Kaliningrad during the summer of 2022, while the offices in Saint Petersburg and Moscow will run until the end of the year.
Additionally, Maersk's office in Belarus will also be shut down during the summer.
The company put out a statement on maersk.com, saying: “Giving you the best ability to manage your supply chain is of the utmost importance to us, and as your integrated logistics partner, our aim is to ensure that you have the necessary information to better plan your logistical network. In line with this we would like to inform you about the latest developments in Russia.”
“Earlier we have communicated A.P. Moller - Maersk would cease all our operations in Russia and Belarus. Maersk has now stopped all vessel operations in Russia and service with Belarus. For the domestic operations, they are gradually being winded down and/or divested. The winddown does not allow for any new business in neither Russia nor Belarus.”
“The safety and stability of our people remains at the forefront of our minds, and we have worked steadily to ensure that our people are safe. We have done our utmost to withdraw from Russia in a responsible way, with our offices in Far East Russia, Novorossiysk and Kaliningrad expected to close down during the summer of 2022. The Saint Petersburg and Moscow office will run until the end of the year. Our Belarus office will also be shut down during the summer.”