BALKAN PORTS CREATE “IDEAL” CONDITIONS FOR SMUGGLING

On 1 August, OCCRP reported that a new report from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime says that commercial seaports in South-eastern Europe (SEE) are nodes for cocaine and heroin smuggling and illicit trade.  Drug shipments, mainly from Latin America, are frequently found in fresh fruit containers – specifically bananas.  The study warned that the SEE’s hundred-plus ports and 12 container terminals serve as key entry and exit points for large-scale illicit trade in the Adriatic, Aegean, Black and Ionian Seas and the Danube.

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/16633-balkan-ports-create-ideal-conditions-for-trafficking-report-finds

https://globalinitiative.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/GITOC-SEE-Obs-Portholes-Exploring-the-maritime-Balkan-routes..pdf

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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