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Malaysia Bars Israeli Shipping Giant ‘ZIM’ from Docking at the Country’s Ports

"This restriction is a response to Israel's actions that disregard basic humanitarian principles and violate international law through continuous massacres and atrocities against the Palestinian people," said the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

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(DEFENCE SECURITY ASIA) — The Malaysian government has decided to restrict and prohibit Israeli-based shipping company, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd from docking at any Malaysian ports, according to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

 In a statement today, he, who also serves as the Finance Minister, stated that the Ministry of Transport will take immediate action by imposing a permanent ban on the company effective immediately.

“This restriction is a response to Israel’s actions that disregard basic humanitarian principles and violate international law through continuous massacres and atrocities against the Palestinian people,” he said.

For the record, the Cabinet in 2002 initially allowed ships owned by this company to dock in Malaysia, he noted.

In 2005, the Cabinet at that time granted permission for the vessel to land in Malaysia, however, the current government has decided to revoke all past Cabinet decisions, he stated.

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Simultaneously, the Malaysian government has also decided to no longer allow ships flying the Israeli flag to dock in the country.

“Furthermore, Malaysia imposes a ban on any ship en route to Israel from loading cargo at Malaysian ports. Both of these restrictions take immediate effect. Malaysia is confident that these decisions will not adversely affect Malaysia’s trade activities,” said the Prime Minister.

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., also known as ZIM (meaning “a fleet of ships” in Hebrew), is a publicly listed Israeli international cargo shipping company and one of the top 20 global shipping companies.

 Its headquarters are located in Haifa, Israel. Established in 1945, ZIM has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 2021. From 1948 to 2004, the company operated as ZIM Israel Navigation Company. — DSA

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