Myanmar suffers disruption to shipping operations

The military coup d’état two weeks ago in Myanmar, and the subsequent civil protests against the new regime, have led to ongoing disruption at the country’s ports.

Germany-based Hapag Lloyd has suspended cargo bookings into Myanmar. It said that the continuous daily protests in Myanmar had disrupted the port and logistics operations in the country severely. In a notice to customers it said that “operationally, the terminals in Myanmar are close to full capacity and feeder services, road transportation is limited, and with a number of factories and depots working with a skeleton labour force”. For shipments already en route the company will deliver them as planned, but warned that delays could be expected. “We are monitoring the situation closely on a daily basis and will update all once the situation improves,” the company said.

Meanwhile, Denmark-based Maersk told Splash that “while the operational situation in the ports continues to deteriorate, we currently continue to accept bookings into Myanmar. We evaluate the situation on a continuous basis.” France-based CMA CGM said that “due to current situation in Myanmar, we will stop freight payment in Myanmar temporarily and would encourage customers to settle freight payment overseas with immediate effect”.