UAE says Qatar blockade still stands and will issue a clarification shortly
The Federal Transport Authority (FTA) has issued a statement to say that the blockade on cargo transport between the UAE and Qatar remains in place and that only the FTA has the authority to tell ports otherwise.
The statement came after an Abu Dhabi Ports circular became public, in which shippers were told that Qatari cargoes were no longer subject to sanctions.
The circular, dated February 12th, cancelled previous directives that banned cargoes of Qatar origin from UAE waters and ports and those of UAE origin from Qatar.
The FTA said that this circular had been “misinterpreted” and said a clarification would be issued to UAE ports in the coming days.
The clarification will address a directive by Abu Dhabi Ports that removed any mention of banning cargo shipments to Qatar, allowing a resumption of trade by third-party shippers.
The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar in June 2017 due to a political dispute.
Foreign-flagged container ships, and international cruise ships, are still able to sail between UAE and Qatari ports, but cargoes originating in Qatar, or bound for Qatar, cannot be offloaded in the UAE.