Regarding the diplomatic situation between Qatar and its neighboring Gulf states, most carriers have decided to discontinue accepting cargo shipments into and out Qatar until further notice, effective immediately.
Major ports in Egypt, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Bahrain remain closed to some ships after those countries announced a transport ban regarding ships and planes bound for Qatar passing through their territory on June 5, 2017. Arab countries imposed the ban after alleging Qatar was supporting terrorism regionally and assisting Iran.
In this regard, please note the following guideline:
- All bookings to/from Qatar will be stopped.
- Cargo that is booked, but not yet loaded, will be cancelled.
- Cargo that has already loaded will be denied terminal gate-in or prohibited to load vessel.
- Qatar bound cargo located at Jebel Ali, or on-board a vessel, will be subject to a contingency
The steamship lines are looking for alternative options through Oman. Please be guided accordingly.
RCL Agencies will provide more updates as the information becomes available.