New DP World port circular claims Qatari cargoes no longer banned

02 Mar 2019

A new port circular from DP World has been released that echoes statements by Abu Dhabi informing shippers that trade between the UAE and Qatar has been eased.

A port circular issued by DP World has emerged that reportedly informs third-party shippers using DP World’s Jebel Ali and other UAE ports that cargo trade between the UAE and Qatar is no longer subject to a ban.

According to the circular, Qatari-flagged ships and vessels with Qatari owners are still prohibited, but foreign-flagged vessels coming from, or traveling to, Qatar and ships carrying cargo between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are not barred.

The port circular echoes information contained within a circular issued by Abu Dhabi Ports last week.

Logistics Middle East has not independently verified the exact contents of either documents.

The FTA has dismissed the veracity of the Abu Dhabi Ports circular, saying that all sanctions on Qatar remained in place and that the circular had been misinterpreted.

That statement, released via state news agency WAM, was released on the same day (February 21st) as the DP World port circular.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade agreements with Qatar in 2017, accusing the country of maintaining close ties with Iran and supporting terrorism. Qatar denies both charges.



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