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Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s largest containerline, has put some land operations on hold in Brazil, fearful of drug cartels working their way into boxes bound for North America and Europe.
In a notice sent to clients in Brazil last week by MSC, the Geneva-headquartered company stated that criminals were intercepting containers to try and ship drugs overseas.
As a result, MSC has taken the decision to indefinitely suspend the operations of stuffing and pre-stacking of road, rail and barge boxes for exports across Brazil.
“This only concerns some intermodal operations including stuffing of containers in Brazil,” a spokesperson for MSC told Splash today.
The news comes as MSC readies to beef up its coverage of Brazil, Latin America’s largest country, with the imminent take over of of Brazilian regional container shipping operator Log-In Logistica.