Inclusive trade

We will help multiply the benefits of trade by improving conditions for businesses and industries to participate in global trade, through investing in digital solutions to facilitate trade, and support for the full implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

The challenge

Various obstacles continue to hamper trade. Lack of infrastructure, corruption, burdensome documentation processes, supply chain inefficiencies, lack of logistics know-how to mention just a few. What these issues all have in common is that they make trade much more expensive and difficult than it should be.

Our response: Reducing external barriers to trade

We intend to contribute by working with our customers and partners to simplify supply chains, digitalise procedures and accelerate trade reform. This will boost global growth in trade, creating more opportunities for making growth more inclusive as barriers for countries, entrepreneurs and small businesses are removed or reduced.

Efficient trade environment

We support the development of more efficient trade procedures and shorter transport times. We serve on the steering committee of the WTO Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, comprising governments, international companies and organisations.


Benefits for society

Continuous trade expansion and access to global markets can help generate economic development, stimulate job creation, increase people’s income and raise living standards. This is beneficial especially in growth markets where the cost of logistics may be twice as high compared to mature markets.

Benefits for Maersk

We have a vested interest in seeing trade growing and countries prospering from increased exports and imports. By taking an active role in addressing trade barriers we aim to be the chosen transport and logistics provider facilitating the increased trade growth and in that way develop profitable markets.


Our work on enabling trade is governed by the A.P. Moller - Maersk Sustainability Council which approves and funds projects. The sustainability department in the Transport & Logistics division drives the enabling trade work and programme development in collaboration with external stakeholders and Maersk representatives from across the world.



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