In 2022, 201 tonnes of drugs were seized in Ecuador, down from 210 tonnes in 2021, with Europe the main destination for international drug trafficking from Ecuadorian ports.
More than 4 tonnes were seized in containers bound for France, far behind those bound for Antwerp (35T) and Rotterdam (23T).
Ecuador has a strategic position for transnational organised crime activities dedicated to drug trafficking. As a transit country, which has become a collection, storage and departure point for international shipments, it is now also a processing site.
France has financed (2020 and 2021) 9 of the 13 anti-drug dogs of the Ecuadorian forces, via the inter-ministerial mission for the fight against drugs and addictive behaviour (MILDECA)