Joint action at the border crossing Gradiška, within the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme
Maritime containers are used for transport of all kind of goods, machinery and other that might be profiled and inspected by the Indirect Taxation Authority's officers
Officers of the Indirect Taxation Authority of BiH and Customs Administration of Croatia conducted joint operational activity focused on prevention of illicit drug trafficking and other smuggling activities that exploit maritime containers transported to Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as through the region. The action took place between 29 and 31 of May 2017.
Joint efforts of the BiH and Croatian customs and other officers aimed to identify illegal activities of organized crime exploiting maritime containers, interception of such consignments and psychical inspection of high-risk containers. As well, activities of this joint operation focused on enhancing functional exchange of information between law enforcement agencies, primarily customs, contributing to increased levels of the safety and security of the international supply chain as well as overall border security. Furthermore, this activity added to facilitation of cooperation between the custom and police agencies of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia building upon ongoing cooperation.
Implementation of the joint activity was supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) within the framework of the UNODC-WCO (World Customs Organization) Container Control Programme.
Under the framework of the global UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP), activities for Bosnia and Herzegovina were launched in 2014 to assist the host government create sustainable inter-agency Port Control Unit (PCU) to minimize the risk of shipping containers being exploited for illicit drug trafficking, transnational organized crime and other forms of black market activity. As well, CCP’s mission is to assist Bosnia and Herzegovina to build a capacity to improve trade security, facilitation standards and controls at the national borders.
In 2017, Container Control Programme continues to support implementing agencies – Indirect taxation Authority and Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina in implementation of activities within the Programme’s framework and agreed Work Plan.