The Maersk Narmada vessel recently became the last Maersk vessel to dock in Syria, ending the company's ten-year operations in the country. The company's withdrawal is reportedly due to the difficulties of navigating sanctions.
This season, Syria's olive crop is estimated at 711,000 tons, a 13 percent decline from 820,000 tonnes harvested last year, while olive oil production is forecast at 91,000 tons.
In September, a Syrian business delegation visited Greece and signed an agreement with the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce, one of the first such agreements at this level after more than a decade.
Today, Bunker Holding, the world’s largest bunker company, its subsidiary, Dan-Bunkering, and its CEO, Keld Demant, have been found guilty of selling jet fuel to Russian companies that was then shipped to Syria. The two companies are obliged to pay millions in fines, while Demant has been sentenced to months in prison.
The capture in Greece of a huge shipment of Captagon pills from Syria has highlighted the size of the drug trade in the country’s economy.