(Africa Intelligence)- As of 30 May,
certain cargo ships hailing from, or having transited through, Djibouti will be subjected to the strictest clearance conditions for entering American waters by the Department of Homeland Security, which considers that the anti-terrorism measures in place at Djiboutian ports are "deficient".
After an initial audit in August 2016 followed by recommendations and a notification in February 2017 that Djibouti had 90 days to implement the necessary measures to comply with port security standards, as well as two further visits in May 2017 and September 2018, the US Coast Guard has concluded that only the Doraleh Container Terminal and the Doraleh Oil Terminal meet the minimum security requirements. This therefore excludes any maritime exports to the United States via the Doraleh Multipurpose Port (DMP), which is run by the Chinese conglomerate China Merchants Group (CMG) in conjunction with the Djiboutian state. This American directive would therefore seem to be an attempt to undermine China's One Belt, One Road initiative as part of the trade war that Donald Trump is currently waging against Xi Jinping.