|UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme Marks 10 years Making Sea Trade Safer from Crime |
30 December 2014
|An estimated 500 million containers accounting for 90 per cent of the world's cargo are shipped around the world every year virtually uninspected, allowing consignments of narcotics, weapons and other illegal goods to enter countries undetected.|
The global Container Control Programme (CCP) was therefore established in 2004 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) to thwart these criminal activities by pooling the strengths of customs and other law enforcement bodies.
The CCP has notched up some stunning successes in its 10 years of existence. In 2013 alone, it boasted seizures of 23 metric tons (mt) of cocaine, around 6mt of cannabis, 1.2 mt of heroin, 60mt of the chronic pain medication tramadol and 725kg of ivory. Counterfeit goods were intercepted in 119 containers, which would stack up 309 metres high, 8 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower.
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