Container Control Programme

Current Project Status:
Project Status as of 2010:
Thematic Area:
Counter Narcotics Enforcement
Result Area:
1-2. International cooperation in criminal justice matters
Project Start Date:
01 Jan 2004
Project End Date:
30 Jun 2013
Project Description
Increased participation in growing international trade is an essential part of sustainable development, but many developing countries do not have the capacity to establish effective trade security and facilitation standards at their container ports. In the international trade supply chain approximately 90% of the world's cargo is containerized and more than 400 million containers are moved globally every year. The selection and inspection of containers have been a challenge for the law enforcement agencies for years because it is documented that containers are being used to illegal activities as smuggling of drugs, precursor chemicals, weapons, explosives and other contraband. There is a risk that containers could be used for direct terrorist attacks as well. The focus of the UNODC Container Control Programme is to assist law enforcement agencies in developing countries to identify and inspect the high-risk containers. The improved capacities in the control of containers will prevent the use of sea containers for illicit purposes such as trafficking of drugs, weapons, explosives, human beings or terrorist acts. The selected ports in the programme will undergo detailed assessments to identify the training needs and the requirements of technical equipment. Improved cooperation between the law enforcement agencies will be promoted through jointly arranged training workshops and Port Control Units will be established. Experts from modern Customs administrations will train the law enforcement officials in the Port Control Units. The trainers will act as mentors and monitor the work progress of the Port Control Units. The law enforcement officials trained in the UNODC Container Control programme will be encouraged to establish a close cooperation with the trade and business community operating in the port and, additionally, develop a closer cooperation and information exchange mechanisms with foreign law enforcement officials including the other pilot countries in the project. This project revision intends to increase the budget of the project, include new project countries in West Africa and project posts. This revision does not change the conceptual approach and implementation arrangements of the approved project GLO/G80, unless specified in this document. The revision is in line with the UNODC's Strategy, more specifically result area 1.2 International cooperation in criminal justice matters.