The cuts come as a response to challenging macroeconomic conditions, characterized by decreased demand and increasing operational costs.
This situation, intensified by the lingering effects of COVID, is impacting not only those in the shipping industry but also consumers worldwide. With shipping rates returning to historical norms after a period of surge, Maersk’s decision could potentially lead to lower costs for consumers transporting goods. However, the job cuts imply widespread unemployment among the company’s vast workforce, from 110 thousand down to less than 100 thousand.
This looming unemployment could further aggravate the economic uncertainty facing many families and communities in these challenging times.