CEVA Logistics declares Force Majeure

By Damian Brett

CEVA Logistics has declared Force Majeure as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, removing it from certain contractual obligations.

The announcement applies to all CEVA Services, including (but not limited to) its airfreight, ocean freight, ground freight, rail, customs brokerage and contract logistics services.

The logistics firm, owned by Marseilles-headquartered shipping line CMA CGM, said that the outbreak and the response measures being taken by governments are entirely outside the control of CEVA Logistics.

“As they were unforeseeable,they fall within the definition of ‘Force Majeure’ — the principles of which are universally recognised in business, and enshrined in law,” the company said.

This means that CEVA is temporarily relieved of its normal contractual obligations where these are rendered impossible or impracticable, due to the coronavirus epidemic and its effects.

“Having declared Force Majeure, CEVA Logistics reserves the right to modify all or part of its services,” it said. “To change its working procedures and any previously agreed rates and prices, to levy surcharges, or otherwise to take any measures necessary to adjust its business operations and its obligations to its customers, suppliers and other stakeholders, in response to the prevailing circumstances.”

It added: “Please rest assured that this step has only been taken due to the exceptional circumstances in which CEVA Logistics is currently operating. CEVA is continuously monitoring the situation and will provide further updates as and when these become available.”

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