Maersk Line signed the first agency agreement with Messrs. Mohamed Saleh Behbehani & Partners on 4th May 1950, in connection with the opening of Maersk's Far East-Middle East service, the first vessel, Knud Maersk loading out of Japan in June 1950. In 1992, Maersk Line opened their own office, as a joint venture between A. P. Moller and Messrs. Mohamed Saleh Behbehani & Partners. The company was namedMaersk Kuwait Company W.L.L., and is fully managed by Maersk Line. In February 1998, Mercantile was incorporated in Kuwait, with Maersk Kuwait Co W.L.L.as majority shareholder. It began operating as Maersk Logistics as of April 2000 in connection with the Sealand Logistics acquisition. Today, after the acquisition of P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk Line's total strength in Kuwait is a staff of 34 and Maersk Logisitics, a staff of 6.
Exports from Kuwait are dominated by petroleum and petrochemical products. On a relatively lesser scale, fibreglass, insulating materials, finished paper products, scrap metal, waste paper, plastic scrap, and used lubricating oil would be of commercial interest. Kuwait imports almost everything one can think of to sustain and service a population of just over 3 million, roughly two-thirds of which are expatriate. Again,mostinternational products and brands are represented in Kuwait, either directly or through distributors,agents. while new entrants have also made their mark in the local market. There are no restrictions on transfer of funds,foreign exchange.
Kuwait has two main commercial container seaports: Shuwaikh and Shuaiba. Shuwaikh Port is considered the main commercial port in the country while Shuaiba Port is located 45 kilometres to the south of Kuwait City. These ports are capable of handling containerised, refrigerated, bulk, ro-ro (roll-on,roll-off), and general cargoes. In addition, Doha Port a small Coastal Port with a depth of 4.3 metres is used to berth dhows, barges and coastal vessels operating between Gulf Ports.