The infographic to understand the spectacular surge in cocaine seizures in the port of Antwerp

The infographic to understand the spectacular surge in cocaine seizures in the port of Antwerp

The bar of 100 tonnes of cocaine seized was exceeded for the first time in Antwerp in 2022.

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PAlmost 110 tonnes of cocaine were seized by the Belgian authorities in 2022 in the port of Antwerp, the first entry route into Europe for this drug sent from Latin America, a new record.

The figure was announced on Tuesday by Belgian customs, during a joint press conference between Belgium and the Netherlands to mark the “intensive cooperation” of the two countries in the fight against this international traffic.

The two neighboring countries are with Spain in the top three of the access routes to the European continent of cocaine, shipped mainly from Panama, Colombia and Ecuador.

But the gap is widening between the port of Antwerp and that of Rotterdam (Netherlands), where interceptions of white powder fell last year, to 52.5 tonnes against around 70 in 2021.

Conversely, Belgium continues to fly from record to record. The 100 tonne mark was exceeded for the first time in Antwerp. Seizures there amounted to 109.9 tonnes in 2022, compared to 89.5 tonnes in 2021, customs said.




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