8 July 2021: Belgium, Romania, Spain, Italy

U.S. corporations are being targeted by smugglers and the problem has become insidious, reports say with smuggling operations becoming evident on Romania’s border in March, when a truck from Turkey carrying nine tons of dangerous contraband was stopped. Spanish police and customs officials raided a warehouse near Granada, impounding 19 tons of illicit substances there. Last August, authorities in the Italian port of Livorno captured an illegal 3.7-ton shipment from China. The contraband was not drugs but industrial refrigerants. These chemicals are in demand since they are restricted for use in the European union. The price difference between new EU-approved refrigerants and cheaper, older formulas has fueled a black market and drawn smugglers.