MSC Suspended from CTPAT After Major Drug Seizure

Last week there was a major seizure of 1.65 tons of cocaine with a street value of $1 billion on the MSC Gayane. As a result, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has placed Mediterranean
Shipping Co. (MSC) on temporary suspension from the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT). This suspension means that MSC cannot participate in some of the container ship benefits such as use of “Aqua Lanes” in the ports and there is a possibility of more exams for cargo aboard MSC ships. The suspension will last 90 days, while MSC reviews its security rocesses. MSC said that it is working to try to have its CTPAT status restored before the end of the 90-day suspension CBP has said that MSC’s loss of CTPAT privileges will not negatively effect the status for individual importers who are CTPAT participants that have had cargo shipped on MSC vessels.

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