July 13, 2021 - Update

The below information was shared by us last year to safeguard our operations and is relevant for all customers who use a shipper’s owned containers. Our intention is to re-share the information to ensure compliance in our services to you.

We are doing our utmost to keep your cargo moving without disruption or delay, but to ensure accountability in our operations and legal compliance, we stand firm in the non-acceptance of Iranian-owned containers on our vessels.

We regret any impact this might have on your supply chain, but we ask that you please ensure that you do not book any shipment with us where the shipper’s container is Iranian. This is to safeguard the integrity of our services. Kindly note that upon discovery of any such container, we will take immediate action.

Potential fines and penalties apply to all parties who facilitate the transit of Iranian-owned containers. Iranian containers are identified by the following prefixes (but not limited to)

  • TDIU
  • HDXU
  • IRSU
  • BANU
  • FURU
  • ALXU
  • SBAU

If we have to offload a container because it is Iranian, it will be your responsibility to ensure that the cargo continues its jouney in a legal manner. Likewise, if your actions have caused any related third party damage or loss, it will be your responsibility to compensate such loss.

However, we do not want to see any of our customers in this situation. We are happy to work with you to proactively manage your supply chain to prevent any faults, so please don’t hesitate to contact your local customer service team.

Throughout this process we aim to give as much clarity and notice as possible, but please continue to visit Maersk website for all the latest updates.

And again, should you have any questions, please contact your local Maersk professional.


July 09, 2021 - Update

We would like to clarify any confusion connected to the below advisory. The below information was shared by us last year to safeguard our operations and is relevant for all customers who use a shipper’s owned containers. Our intention is to re-share the information again, to ensure compliance in our services to you.

We are doing our utmost to keep your cargo moving without disruption or delay, but to ensure accountability in our operations and legal compliance, we stand firm in the non-acceptance of Iranian-owned containers on our vessels.

We regret any impact this might have on your supply chain, but we ask that you please ensure that you do not book any shipment with us where the shipper’s container is Iranian. This is to safeguard the integrity of our services. Kindly note that upon discovery of any such container, we will take immediate action.

We do not want to see any of our customers in this situation and we are happy to work with you to proactively manage your supply chain to prevent any faults, so please don’t hesitate to contact your local customer service team.

Throughout this process we aim to give as much clarity and notice as possible, but please continue to visit Maersk website for all the latest updates.

And again, should you have any questions, please contact your local Maersk professional.


We write to inform you that Maersk does not accept any Iranian-owned containers on its vessels. Thus, please ensure that you do not book any shipment with Maersk using a shipper’s own container where such container is Iranian.

Potential fines and penalties apply to all parties, including you, who facilitate the transit of Iranian-owned containers. Iranian containers are identified by the following prefixes (but not limited to): TDIU, HDXU, IRSU, BANU and FURU.

No laden or empty unit with these prefixes is permitted on any Maersk vessel. Maersk screens containers to ensure compliance with this requirement. Please ensure the containers you load onto our vessels do not include these prefixes.

If any container with one of these prefixes is to be loaded onto a vessel operated by Maersk, please be aware that Maersk will take immediate action to offload the container.

If we take such action, we will inform you of this. However, it will be your responsibility to take all action after the container is offloaded. Further, to the extent that you have caused a Maersk vessel to carry a container with any of the above prefixes and Maersk or any related third party suffers any damage or loss as a result thereof, it will be your responsibility to compensate such loss.

In case of questions, feel free to contact us through our local customer service teams or on Maersk.

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