Russia’s isolation deepens as shipping lines make final port calls

Russia’s ocean container imports continue to collapse as shipping lines wind down the last remnants of their services to the country’s ports. Russia - now effectively a pariah within Western logistics circles - still has cargo import options

Moscow - Russia’s ocean container imports continue to collapse as shipping lines wind down the last remnants of their services to the country’s ports. Russia - now effectively a pariah within Western logistics circles - still has cargo import options. Yet the loss of virtually all of its ocean shipping links makes obtaining consumer goods and components much more difficult.

Elvira Nabiullina, Russia’s Central Bank chairwoman, recently warned that the range of consumer goods available in her country is already shrinking and Russian companies needing foreign components are facing “serious problems:” the world’s top container lines paused bookings to Russia in the days after the invasion of Ukraine.

However, some service continued, including efforts to evacuate liner-owned empty containers from Russian ports. In the third week of April, automatic identification system (AIS) vessel-position data showed that at least 10 MSC container ships and five Maersk ships had either recently called or were planning to call in St. Petersburg in the Baltic Sea or Novorossiysk in the Black Sea.

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