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UPS suspends pick-ups for Qatar as embargo continues

ATLANTA: June 06, 2017 UPS has informed its customers that direct import and export to and from Qatar is not be possible, following the decision by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to cut all ties with the country, including air links.

Yemen's internationally recognized government, the Maldives and one of Libya's competing governments have also severed diplomatic relations with Qatar.

Oman Air LHRThe UAE General Civil Aviation Authority has declared no air cargo destined for Qatar from anywhere will be able to transit Dubai for delivery in Doha and Emirates Post Group has suspended all postal services to Qatar.

UPS said it has suspended picking up freight from the U.S., Americas, Europe and Asia for Qatar and collecting export shipments from Doha to anywhere in the world while it finds alternative routings in both directions.

According to a Reuters report, the UAE has threatened anyone with 15 years in jail and a fine of AED500,000 for expressing support for Qatar. Both Etihad and Emirates have announced travelers holding Qatari passports or resident visas are banned from traveling to, or transiting through, the UAE.

Qatar Airways said it had chartered Oman Air aircraft to collect passengers from Saudia Arabia and fly them via Muscat to Doha and a Kuwait Airways aircraft to do the same via Kuwait. Qatar Airlines CEO Akbar Al Baker commented: "Global operations are continuing to run smoothly and remain unaffected. As far as we are concerned, it is business as usual." Oman Air has announced it is increasing capacity between Muscat and Doha until June 14.

Meanwhile DP World Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi Terminals are not accepting cargo to or from Qatar, including transshipments. As a result, Maersk Line said it has ceased accepting cargo between Qatar and the embargo countries and temporarily closed bookings for cargo from the rest of the world that transship over Jebel Ali to and from Qatar.

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