Estimated Worldwide Cocaine Seizures According to UNODC

"In North America, the quantities of cocaine seized rose by 10 per cent in 2018. The United States continued to account for the largest quantity of cocaine seized (19 per cent of the global total). In Central America, the largest quantities seized were reported by Panama (4 per cent) and Costa Rica (2 per cent). Seizures reported by countries in the Caribbean, by contrast, accounted for just 1 per cent of the total global quantity of cocaine intercepted, mostly reflecting seizures made by the Dominican Republic.

"After the Americas, the region with next largest quantity of cocaine seized in 2018 was, once again, Europe (14 per cent of the global total), with seizures being mostly in Western Europe, in particular in Belgium (4 per cent of the global total), followed by Spain (3.7 percent), the Netherlands (3.1 per cent) and France (1.2 per cent). Total quantities of cocaine seized in Europe increased by 25 per cent to 179 tons in 2018, including an increase of 26 per cent in Western and Central Europe and of 16 per cent in South-Eastern Europe but with a decline of 89 per cent in Eastern Europe as the stimulant market there shifted to synthetic cathinones in 2018.

"The quantity of cocaine seized in the rest of the world in 2018 remained comparatively limited, with the seizure of 5.6 tons in Africa (most notably in North Africa), 3.4 tons in Asia (most notably in China, including Hong Kong, China, followed by Iraq and Pakistan), and 2.1 tons in Oceania, with cocaine seizures there being reported mainly by Australia. Seizures in Australia dropped considerably between 2017 and 2018 (53 per cent). At the same time, seizures in New Zealand nearly doubled (96 per cent) in the same period.

"The global quantity of cocaine seized in 2018 increased slightly, by 2.7 per cent, from the previous year, reflecting increases in quantities seized in the previous year in Africa (66 per cent), Western and Central Europe (26 per cent) and North America (15 per cent). Seizures in Asia remained basically stable (1.8 per cent). By contrast, from 2017 to 2018 there were sharp declines in the quantity of cocaine seized in the Caribbean (-62 per cent) and Oceania (-50 per cent). The largest declines in terms of actual amounts were those reported in South America."


World Drug Report 2020. Booklet Three: Drug Supply. June 2020. United Nations publication, Sales No. E.20.XI.6.