MSC loses preferred customs status – drugs onboard

Posted 27.06.2019 in News by Sue Grewcock

Following a second large drug bust aboard its box-ships this year, international ocean container shipping line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has had its Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certificate suspended by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

The agency acted after two of MSC’s ships this year were found to have large volumes of illegal drugs smuggled aboard them.

In short, C-TPAT is a voluntary program in which supply chain participants receive a variety of benefits such as quicker border clearances in return for risk-assessing, auditing and tightening up their facilities and supply chain from terrorists and criminals.

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