The world’s second largest container carrier, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), has had its CTPAT status suspended, following the seizure of 15.5 tons of cocaine from the containership MSC Gayane in the Port of Philadelphia.
CTPAT is a critical componet in our US freight services, as it evidences that we provide the highest level of cargo security, so its loss is a critical failure by MSC.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not provided information regarding the status or likely outcome of their investigation into the seizure, but have confirmed that CTPAT members may continue to ship with MSC without incurring any negative inferences, though it should be noted that MSC vessels may be subject to additional screening which could delay the release of cargo.
“We are actively seeking to assure the authorities that our certification can be reinstated as soon as possible,” MSC said in a public statement.
Six crew members from the MSC Gayane have been charged in connection with the cocaine seizure, wich has an estimated street value of $1 billion.
It is the second raid involving an MSC ship at the port since March, when authorities seized 1,200 pounds of cocaine from containers aboard the MSC Desiree.