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Qatar Diplomatic Situation Impacts Logistics Operations in the Gulf Region

Several Arab countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed land, sea and air borders. The closure will impact freight and logistics operations in and out of Qatar.

Business Update Middle East: Qatar Diplomatic Situation to Impact Logistics Operations in the Gulf Region

Several Arab countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed land, sea and air borders. The closure will impact freight and logistics operations in and out of Qatar.

(Doha, May 6th, 2017 – 5 pm)  We would like to update our network partners and customers on the recent developments in Qatar.

  • Several countries (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya) have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. Diplomatic personnel and Qatar nationals are to leave the countries.
  • Air, land and sea borders have been closed, essentially cutting off the flow of goods between the above mentioned countries and Qatar.
  • Land Border Abu Samra between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is closed, no trucks can pass
  • Emirates Airlines and Etihad will stop flights to and from Qatar effective June 6th 2017
  • Lufthansa is to announce plans soon (flight operates in KSA airspace FRA-KWI-DOH)
  • Current air freight process: No bookings are done to DOH on EK, EY, FZ, GF, MS, SV
  • No bookings are done on Qatar Airlines  to AUH, BAH, CAI, DMM, DWC, DXB, JED, RUH and other airports in the six countries mentioned above
  • DP World terminal has not made any statement on operations to Qatar for FCL cargo.
  • Ocean freight: Bookings to Qatar are still accepted at this point but shipments will be booked on carriers with a direct call in HAMAD port
  • Transshipment cargo via UAE is currently suspended, pending shipments are under investigation

The DB Schenker office in Qatar is fully operational and in close contact with respective authorities. For immediate support or questions please contact our office:

Schenker Logistics WLL Qatar
Mr. Henning Zimmermann
Phone: +974 4499 5755
Fax: +974 4499 5756
Mobile: +974 – 5587 3895
E-Mail: henning.zimmermann@dbschenker.com

Our teams in the involved countries are working on clarifying the exact impact on supply chains and identifying alternative freight solutions for clients.

An update will be provided regularly.

Last modified: 22.06.2017

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