After a ban on the import and export of Qatari-flagged, bound and origin ships, Maersk Line is reportedly set to begin container shipments to Qatar from Oman, avoiding trade restrictions imposed on the Gulf state by Arab countries, according to the Daily Mail.
Reports suggest that a shipment is expected to depart Salalah, Oman, on June 19 and arrive in Doha on June 25.
Maersk, along with DP World, recently announced it was observing the ban on Qatari bound ships.
Meanwhile, Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, said: “We are not ready to surrender, and will never be ready to surrender, the independence of our foreign policy.”
The original ban on Qatar shipments came into place after Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE severed ties with the wealthy Gulf Arab state for allegedly supporting terrorism that is destabilising the region.
At present, the Port of Jebel Ali (Dubai, UAE) remains closed to Qatar-bound business despite being a vitally important port in feedering transhipments to Qatar.
The Qatari government recently released a statement with regard to the accusations of supporting terrorism which read:
“The recent joint statement issued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE regarding a 'terror finance watch list' once again reinforces baseless allegations that hold no foundation in fact.”