On Friday 3rd May 2024, the Turkish Government Ministry of Trade announced that it would suspend all trade with Israel amid the ongoing conflict situation in and around the country. As such, the following restrictions have been put into place, effective immediately:

  • Suspension on all export cargo from Turkey to Israel
  • Suspension on all import cargo from Israel to Turkey
  • Suspension on all import cargo to Turkey, with transshipment at Israel
  • Suspension on all Israel-related third country cargo, with transshipment in Turkey
  • Suspension of all empty containers loaded from Israel or to be loaded for Israel

If you have a new booking that isn’t yet loaded between Israel and Turkey or to Israel via Turkey as a transshipment hub, Maersk will need to trigger a Change of Destination (COD) or cancellation in line with the above restrictions. Likewise, bookings already on the water will need to be returned to origin or discharged at nearby hubs.

Our teams are working hard to find the best-possible solutions for customers’ cargo and we will communicate all contingency details with you as soon as possible, including the terms of COD and cancellation.

At this time, there is no indication as to when the restrictions will be lifted by the Turkish Government.

We appreciate your trust and loyalty as we work through these challenging circumstances. Rest assured we will do all in our power to minimise the impact on your supply chain. Should you have any questions or wish to discuss options for your cargo, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Maersk representative.

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