Sucden Middle-East v Yagci Denizcilik Ve Ticaret Ltd Sirketi

Shipping – Cargo. The defendant owners' appeal against the decision of arbitrators succeeded, in a case concerning the seizing of a cargo following the submission of false import documents. The Commercial Court considered the meaning of 'force majeure' in the circumstances and held that, in the present case, where the seizure of cargo by the local customs authorities at the discharge port had caused a delay to discharge, the time so lost caused by 'government interferences' was within the meaning of cl 28 of the Sugar Charter Party 1999 form.

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