A global shipping company Maersk has announced that it needs to return a “significant” amount of produce out at sea needs to its original senders after Russia imposed a ban on food imports from Western countries, reports Reuters.
Maersk, the largest containerised shipper in the world through its Maersk Line unit and also a port terminal owner via APM Terminals, did not specify the number of vessels or volume of goods affected by the ban.
Russia imposed the ban earlier this month in retaliation against Western sanctions for its actions in Ukraine, where pro-Moscow rebels are battling government forces. The West accuses Russia of fuelling the rebellion, a charge Moscow denies.
The Russian ban applies to imports of meat, dairy, fruit and vegetable products from the EU, the US, Canada, Australia and Norway, effective for one year as of 7 August.
“Maersk Line customers were completely unprepared for these sanctions and since they had effect immediately, a significant amount of cargo at sea needs to be returned,” Maersk Line said in the note sent late on Wednesday.
A Maersk Line spokesman said the costs of returning goods does not lie with the shipping company but gave no further details.