Container Control Programme Annual Report 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.
Operating in 20 countries the CCP helps Governments to improve their law enforcement capacity, thereby preventing drug trafficking and other illegal activity, while also facilitating legitimate trade. Under the Programme, joint operations are conducted by law enforcement authorities at ports of origin, transit, and destination. Secure information exchange systems, such as ContainerCOMM developed by the WCO to facilitate the transmission of sensitive intelligence, have played a key role in supporting CCP port control units worldwide.