By Karen Robes Meeks
International shipping and logistics firm The CMA CGM Group announced Thursday that it had donated 200,000 face masks to the city of Los Angeles to help area workers stay safe against COVID-19.
“The CMA CGM Group has nourished a close and sustainable relationship, based on trust and respect, with the United States for many years,” said Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group. “As a leading company, our partnership reaches far beyond our business activity. In this very difficult period, it means a lot to us that we stand alongside the United States to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.”
This is the latest in an effort by the group to lend its help during the pandemic, including fast-tracking medical production lines from Asia to North America, test-kit and ventilator air and ground transport throughout the US and sending 20 million masks and medical supplies to France in four days.
“CMA CGM is playing a key role in keeping the supply chain running during this pandemic,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, who also serves as the city’s Chief Logistics Officer. “We are very proud to have CMA CGM as a friend and partner, and look forward to many years of close collaboration on all levels for the benefit of trade and humanity.”