• DATVF.ATLPHL
    1.693
    0.095
    5.9%
  • DATVF.VWU
    1.481
    -0.018
    -1.2%
  • DATVF.VSU
    1.263
    -0.004
    -0.3%
  • DATVF.SEALAX
    1.098
    0.090
    8.9%
  • DATVF.VNU
    1.422
    -0.004
    -0.3%
  • DATVF.CHIATL
    1.955
    -0.051
    -2.5%
  • DATVF.VEU
    1.523
    0.012
    0.8%
  • DATVF.PHLCHI
    0.920
    -0.008
    -0.9%
  • DATVF.LAXSEA
    1.863
    -0.126
    -6.3%
  • DATVF.DALLAX
    0.955
    0.043
    4.7%
  • DATVF.LAXDAL
    1.571
    -0.050
    -3.1%
  • ITVI.USA
    9,574.830
    18.340
    0.2%
  • OTRI.USA
    5.530
    0.150
    2.8%
  • OTVI.USA
    9,569.370
    17.090
    0.2%
  • TLT.USA
    2.580
    0.010
    0.4%
  • WAIT.USA
    150.000
    0.000
    0%
  • DATVF.ATLPHL
    1.693
    0.095
    5.9%
  • DATVF.VWU
    1.481
    -0.018
    -1.2%
  • DATVF.VSU
    1.263
    -0.004
    -0.3%
  • DATVF.SEALAX
    1.098
    0.090
    8.9%
  • DATVF.VNU
    1.422
    -0.004
    -0.3%
  • DATVF.CHIATL
    1.955
    -0.051
    -2.5%
  • DATVF.VEU
    1.523
    0.012
    0.8%
  • DATVF.PHLCHI
    0.920
    -0.008
    -0.9%
  • DATVF.LAXSEA
    1.863
    -0.126
    -6.3%
  • DATVF.DALLAX
    0.955
    0.043
    4.7%
  • DATVF.LAXDAL
    1.571
    -0.050
    -3.1%
  • ITVI.USA
    9,574.830
    18.340
    0.2%
  • OTRI.USA
    5.530
    0.150
    2.8%
  • OTVI.USA
    9,569.370
    17.090
    0.2%
  • TLT.USA
    2.580
    0.010
    0.4%
  • WAIT.USA
    150.000
    0.000
    0%
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CBP seizes MSC ship tied to 20-ton cocaine shipment

The agency called the seizure of the 10,776-TEU MSC Gayane the largest in its 230-year history.

   U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it has seized the Mediterranean Shipping Co. containership involved in the June 17 record 20-ton cocaine seizure in the Port of Philadelphia.
   The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued the warrant to seize the 10,776-TEU MSC Gayane. CBP carried out the seizure on Thursday. 
   “The MSC Gayane is the largest vessel seized in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s 230-year history and follows the record seizure of almost 20 tons of cocaine discovered on the vessel,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s director of field operations in Baltimore, in a statement. 
   CBP rarely seizes cargo ships. However, Durst said the move was “indicative of the serious consequences associated with an alleged conspiracy by crew members and others to smuggle a record load of dangerous drugs through the United States.”  
   On June 17, the CBP and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) led a multiagency team that discovered the seven containers carrying up to 39,525 pounds of cocaine. The drugs have a street value of about $1.3 billion.

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Chris Gillis

Located in the Washington, D.C. area, Chris Gillis primarily reports on regulatory and legislative topics that impact cross-border trade. He joined American Shipper in 1994, shortly after graduating from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md., with a degree in international business and economics.
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