At 09.00am CET today A.P. Moller-Maersk announced the acquirement of European specialist KGH Customs Services.

Maersk says, ”KGH with its specialised expertise across freight modes (air, ocean, land) and deep knowledge in selected industries, combined with innovative technology, KGH will significantly improve Maersk’s overall offering within customs services. KGH has a strategy focused on digital solutions and technology as an enabler for a more seamless customer experience, which also corresponds with Maersk’s own digital transformation journey”.

Vincent Clerc, CEO of Ocean & Logistics at A.P. Moller – Maersk sees KGH as a perfect fit to Maersk offerings within logistics and services as well as another key building block in its strategic ambitions.

The closing of the acquisition is subject to customary regulatory approvals. Until then, Maersk and KGH remain two separate companies and thus will do their business as usual.

This is a great day for KGH.

84 million amphetamine tablets. This was the drug seizure made by Italian agencies in the port of Salerno in southeastern Italy.

The illegal drugs were packed in three containers and weighed over 14 000 kilos all together. It is the largest known/publicly announced amphetamine seizure ever.

The seizure was discovered by intelligence work and as a result of long-term investigative work directed towards ”the Camorra”, the Neapolitan mafia.

Where did it come from? It is known that ISIS/Daesh largely funds its terrorist activities with drug trafficking of drugs produced in Syria, the leading world producer of amphetamines.

According to the investigators, it is no coincidence that the record breaking seizure happens right now. The Corona pandemic has seriously crippled the internal European amphetamine production and the stakeholders turned to Syria-based manufacturers to fill the market.

The international trans-border crime syndicates usually do not send so large quantities of drugs at once because, it is too risky – but the Covid-19 and corona virus crises has changed also this under-world of globalization.

‪Ireland and the EU have reached a draft agreement to ensure free movement of Irish food products into EU ports via the UK land bridge post-Brexit.

Irish and EU officials have reached a draft agreement to limit the impact of Brexit on the movement of Irish food products and live animals into the rest of the EU via the UK land bridge, RTÉ News has learned.

As a result of the agreement, officials say Irish food exports will be able to access “green lanes” when they come off ferries traveling from British to continental ports.

You can read the article here: Draft deal agreed for movement of Irish food products

Source: T.Connelly/RTE