"Our Chinese competitors are hesitating a bit, so they may have different relationships with the Trump administration." In 2016 the company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines allowing it to lease spaces for vessels, operate joint shipping lines and cooperate on the use of port terminals.
US President Donald Trump announced in early May the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the landmark Iran nuclear deal and the reinstatement of sanctions against the country, as well as against foreign companies who do business with it.
Washington said the sanctions would be immediate for new contracts and gave companies already working there up to 180 days to cease trading.
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