The CCP in Latin America and the Caribbean
The UNODC-WCO Global Container Control Programme is not only operational in Latin America, but it is also active, highly successful and rapidly expanding as a result of requests from various Governments to join the CCP, facilitated by the injection of new funds making such expansion posible.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, operational Joint Port Control Units (JPCUs) already exist in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Panama, and Paraguay. This rapid expansion of the CCP in Latin America and the Caribbean has been fuelled largely in part by the impressive results the project has delivered since beginning operations in the region.
|Latin American Countries with operational JPCUs||Operational JPCU(s)|
|Costa Rica||JPCU in San José which covers: Port Limón, Port Caldera and Port Moin|
|Ecuador||JPCU in Guayaquil which covers: Port Comtecom and TPG. JPCU in Machala which covers: Port Bolivar|
|Dominican Republic||JPCU in the Ports Haina and Multimodal Caucedo|
|Guatemala||JPCU in Port of Quetzal. JPCU in Port Barrios which also covers Port Santo Tomás de Castilla|
|Guyana||JPCU in Port of Georgetown.|
|Jamaica||JPCUs in the Kingston and Montego Bay Ports|
JPCU in Balboa which covers the Port of Balboa. JPCU in the Port of Colón which covers Port of Manzanillo, Colón Container Terminal and Port of Cristobal.
|Paraguay||JPCU in Asunción which covers all ports in Paraguay|
|Suriname||JPCU in Paramaribo in the New Haven Port.|
The CCP team for Latin America and the Caribbean, is made up of one Regional Adviser, a Regional Coordinator, a Programme Associate and a Programme Official based in Panama at UNODC ROPAN. This team is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing all programme activities in the region.
The CCP's regional approach is centred on making the best possible use of institutional capacities and resources. It also enables law enforcement experts to be more easily identified and to apply best practices developed in the region. Participation in the Global Container Control Programme enables the countries to improve the information exchange between law enforcement agencies regionally and internationally. The law enforcement agencies in the destination countries also benefit from the enhanced capabilities of their counterparts in Latin America. Information exchange and container alerts, for example, play an important role, not only in facilitating inspections, but also in the advance planning of target operations, the deployment of specialist investigation techniques, and in post seizure investigations.