December 18, 2019 / 2:38 PM / a month ago

Maersk says Brazil offices searched in Petrobras corruption probe

FILE PHOTO: A worker is seen next to Maersk shipping containers at a logistics center near Tianjin port, in Tianjin, China December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Yilei Sun

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk said its offices in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo were searched on Wednesday by the Brazilian police in relation to a corruption probe.

“Maersk can confirm that its offices in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, have been searched by the Brazilian Federal Police 18 December 2019,” the company said in an emailed statement.

The company said it will cooperate fully with the authorities but declined to comment further.

Brazil federal prosecutors said earlier on Wednesday that Maersk, Tide Maritime and Ferchem were targets in the latest phase of a wide-ranging corruption probe for alleged graft involving shipping contracts with state-run oil firm Petrobras.

Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Susan Fenton

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