Shipping company Maersk to slash 10,000 jobs over difficult container trade environment

Containers are seen on the worlds first methanol-enabled container vessel before the namegiving ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday, Sept 14, 2023.
Containers are seen on the worlds first methanol-enabled container vessel before the namegiving ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thursday, Sept 14, 2023. Copyright Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
By Euronews with AP
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Maersk, the world’s biggest shipping company, plans to eliminate 10,000 jobs due to what it described as a challenging environment for container trade and logistics services.

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The Danish company said on Friday that the move would result in savings of $600 million (€563 million) in 2024.

The announcement was made as Copenhagen-based Maersk presented its quarterly report, which listed profits before taxes at $691 million, down from $9.1 billion for the same period last year. 

The report cited “challenging market conditions resulting in substantially lower freight rates compared to the abnormally high rates in 2022.”

AP Moller-Maersk CEO Vincent Clerc said the company will continue to streamline its organisation and operations.

”Our industry is facing a new normal with subdued demand, prices back in line with historical levels and inflationary pressure on our cost base,” Clerc said. “Given the challenging times ahead, we accelerated several cost- and cash- containment measures to safeguard our financial performance.”

The company's revenue for Q3 was $12.1 billion in 2023 compared to $22.8 billion for the same period in 2022.

The company said it now expected annual global container volume growth in the range of -2% to -0.5% compared to -4% to -1% previously.

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