World’s Largest Shipping Lines Suspend Services to Russia

Danish shipping giant Maersk, Switzerland-based MSC and France’s CMA CGM, the world’s three biggest shipping lines, have suspended non-essential deliveries to Russia in a move to penalize Moscow for invading Ukraine.

The three shipping companies will no longer take bookings for goods from Russia while suspending most deliveries to the country.

“As the stability and safety of our operations is already being directly and indirectly impacted by sanctions, new Maersk bookings within the ocean and inland to and from Russia will be temporarily suspended,” Maersk  wrote in a statement. The suspension of the company would not include foodstuffs, medical and humanitarian supplies.

Meanwhile, MSC said that the company will continue to accept and screen bookings for delivery of essential goods such as food, medical equipment and humanitarian goods.