Baltimore Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse - Notice of Force Majeure

Ports and Terminals

CMA CGM Group informs you that following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key bridge into the Patapsco River after being hit by the M/V "DALI" on March 26th, 2024, the port of Baltimore is closed to vessel traffic until further notice. Therefore, CMA CGM has determined the following contingency plan in compliance with Clause 10 of our Bill of Lading Terms and Conditions

For US Export containers from Baltimore: 

  • Those currently on terminal will remain there until the port reopens, unless instructed otherwise by the shipper.
  • For those in transit: due to current circumstances, as of 11:00 am, March 26, 2024, the terminal has stopped receiving exports until further notice. Please contact CMA CGM America customer service for other load port options.
  • In either case, costs for re-routing cargo to an alternate load port is for the account of the shipper.
  • No new exports bookings is accepted from Baltimore until further notice. Alternate load ports will be available including Norfolk wherever possible, or alternatively New York.

For US Import containers from Baltimore: 

  • Those on the water will be discharged at an alternate port where they will be made available for pick-up, and CMA CGM's bill of lading will terminate. (The alternate discharge port(s) will be advised in due course)
  • For those booked and not yet loaded at origin, please check with the origin booking office for alternate routing options.
  • No new import bookings will be accepted to Baltimore until further notice. Alternate discharge ports will be available including Norfolk wherever possible, or alternatively New York.

We are working through this tragic situation and will keep you updated as information becomes available.

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