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Escalating violence in Burundi forces CMA CGM to suspend service

PRESS RELEASE

October 28, 2015: Following the election of Pierre Nkurunziza to a third term as president of Burundi, social unrest has further escalated in the country, and the security situation in Bujumbura and in number of provinces is seriously deteriorating.

According to the European Commission, the crisis has resulted in over 120 deaths and thousands of casualties and has forced over 190,000 people to seek refuge in neighboring countries, exacerbating the risk of a spillover of the violence into the surrounding region.

Yesterday, all Northern zones of Bujumbura were under heavy fighting. The National Road RN 1, the main corridor to Bujumbura, is no longer safe.

Cities located North West of Tanzania near the Burundi border (Kabanga, Ngara, Kahama, Karagwe...) and Kigoma corridor are also on high alert with ongoing riots.

As a result, CMA CGM Group has told its customers that with immediate effect, no booking will be accepted to Bujumbura until further notice.

Concerning current shipments at sea or at Dar Es Salaam gateway, CMA CGM cannot guarantee haulage at final destination. Relevant charges (storage, demurrage) and other charges will be for the clients' account.

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