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August 26, 2014: On 7 August 2014, the Russian Government announced an import ban to certain commodities from Europe, Norway, United States, Canada and Australia with immediate effect.

As a result Russia will no longer accept the following commodities:Maersk food coomodity ban by Russia

Banned cargo presently en route to Russia will be returned and all costs arising will be for the shipper's account, including local costs and freight. Maersk Line will do all possible to assist with the return of any such cargo.

In order to minimize risk of possible rejection of cargo which is not in the list above published by the Russian Government we're asking you to provide the following information for cargo of food commodities no later than 48 hours before cargo arrival to last transhipment port:

  • Code in accordance with Customs Union Commodity Classification of Foreign Economic Activity (TN VED code)
  • Certificate of Origin (copy)
  • Veterinary certificate (copy; where applicable)
  • Phytosanitary certificate (copy; where applicable)

This information is required for proactive coordination of discharge of cargo that might cause questions from customs authorities whether this cargo is under sanctions or not.

Please be advised that even though additional information is provided by carrier, customs are the one who has final decision on acceptance or rejection of cargo.

Carrier and his agents are not responsible for decisions made by customs authorities. All risks, costs and expenses caused by these decisions are to be covered by customer. We're taking all reasonable actions in order to secure cargo discharge.

We recognize that you will have questions. Our Sales and Customer Service teams are prepared to address as many of your inquiries as possible.

Congestion surcharge:

19/08-2014: East Africa (Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda), Southern Africa, West Africa and Indian Ocean Islands to Matadi (Dem. Rep. of Congo): US$1500 per 40' reefer.
19-08-2014: Sudan to Matadi (Dem. Rep. of Congo): €1121 per 40' reefer.

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