Removing barriers to global trade

Our containers move much more than cargo. They are the building blocks of global trade. They connect producers and consumers across the world and help growth in local communities. We open the doors to global trade in the regions where we operate.


In many emerging economies, the lack of infrastructure and skilled labour hinders access to global trade. We work in the communities where we operate to build infrastructure and improve skills in order to increase access to trade and boost local economies. Creating jobs, enables higher living standards and a more sustainable development in the regions.

Here are some examples of our work in this area.

Ghana: Bringing power to cocoa growers

In the isolated Asarekwaa cocoa-growing community of Ghana, the global digital divide is felt keenly. Electricity is limited and the lack of internet access limits opportunities for rural businesses. In 2014, we teamed up with Cargill – a food, agriculture and industrial products company – to make a difference.

Our solution is surprisingly simple. The Zubabox is an off-the-grid energy and internet solution in the form of a shipping container equipped with a solar panel and reconditioned computers. The Zubabox gives local farmers access to solar power and connects them to global markets via the internet.

Somaliland: Building fisheries with FairFishing

Somaliland is the world’s fourth poorest country. But, it has natural resources that, if accessed, could help the local economy to flourish – including an 800-kilometre coastline that is rich in fish stocks. We partner with FairFishing, a hybrid initiative of development aid and private sector investment that is helping to develop sustainable infrastructure in the region.

Together with local fishermen, local and national organisations and government ministries, we are transforming the port of Berbera into a fishing hub by setting up cold storage systems in Maersk Line refrigerated containers. The cold storage systems can treat up to 4.5 tonnes of fish a day, increasing yields for boat owners and fishers. To ensure long-term impact, the project also includes transferring skills to local communities and building sustainable models for fisheries by upgrading vessels, improving conveyor equipment and training local fishers.

Speak to the sustainability team