Forwarders caught up in bribery scandal

EMPLOYEES from Eagle Global Logistics (now CEVA) and Panalpina are alleged to have bribed employees of a US military subcontractor over airfreight contracts in Iraq.

In a lawsuit brought against KBR – the world’s largest defence services provider – the US Department of Justice claims the two companies gifted KBR employees with unlawful meals, drinks, sporting event tickets and golfing trips.

“Defense contractors cannot take advantage of the ongoing war effort by accepting unlawful kickbacks,” said Tony West, assistant attorney general in charge of the department’s civil division. “We are committed to maintaining the integrity of the Department of Defense’s procurement process.”

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