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Dubai Ports Ease Qatar Cargo Ban After Similar Abu Dhabi Measure

  • Abu Dhabi Ports seemed to relax restrictions two weeks ago
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Dubai’s biggest port operator has followed Abu Dhabi in advising that third-party shippers can now move cargo to and from Qatar, seemingly easing restrictions in place for nearly two years.

Qatari-flagged ships and vessels with Qatari owners are still prohibited, DP World Ltd., which runs the Jebel Ali port, said in a circular dated Feb. 21. Other vessels coming from or traveling to Qatar and ships carrying cargo between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are not barred. Abu Dhabi Ports issued a similar statement to shippers on Feb. 12.