ICS Launches New Edition of Leading Industry Guidelines on Combatting Drug Trafficking

Criminal gangs are increasingly exploiting merchant shipping to traffic large volumes of illicit drugs to markets worldwide.  Nearly 90% of all cocaine, 45% of all cannabis, and 30% of all amphetamine type stimulants seized globally during January 2017 to April 2020 were trafficked via sea, despite the best efforts of the shipping industries to combat this activity.  We all share a collective responsibility to assist in combatting this illegal traffic. This is the message from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in its latest publication, Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse On Board Ship: Guidelines for Owners and Masters on Preparation, Prevention, Protection and Response.

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