MSC container ship marks first UAE cargo shipments to Israel after peace accord

October 19 2020 Print This Article

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has discharged cargo originating in the United Arab Emirates in Israel for the first time since the landmark mid-September agreement to normalise relations between the two countries.

The container ship MSC PARIS, operating on MSC’s Indus Express service, offloaded boxes of cargo in Israel’s Haifa Port this week, during a voyage which began in Abu Dhabi and called in Dubai, ports in India and Pakistan before reaching the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal.

After a ceremony at the port, the vessel of 8000 TEUs proceeded towards the USA to conclude its voyage. The call by MSC PARIS was highlighted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter, commenting that the new trade route would help strengthen the Israeli economy.

As a global leader in shipping and logistics, MSC is proud to connect all continents with more than 200 services calling at 500 ports. Having operated in the UAE and Israel countries since decades, MSC is now even more proud to be linking these two important economies with the direct Indus Express service.