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Maersk reiterates call for China to ease cabotage laws

Ningbo: Not for the first time Maersk Line has called for cabotage rules in China to be eased.

Speaking today in Ningbo at the Maritime Silk Road International Cooperation Forum, Jens Eskelund, senior director at Maersk China, said Chinese intransigence on changing its cabotage laws was losing it transhipment volumes as well as making supply chains less efficient.

Eskelund, who has been working for Maersk in China for the past 15 years, also suggested Chinese ports should improve navigation channels and facilities, noting how many times ports in China have to shut down every year due to inclement weather.

Eskelund is the latest in a series of senior Maersk officials to demand Chinese cabotage laws change over the past decade, a call that has largely fallen on deaf ears.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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