Economic and Social Council


1896th Plenary Meeting
15 May 1974

1974/1844(LVI).Abuse of customs transit systems by drug smugglers*/


The Economic and Social Council,

Recalling articles 18 and 35 of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961,3/ and article 21 of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances,4/ of 1971,

Noting that illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances in many areas of the world remains serious in terms of volume and areas involved,

Expresses its satisfaction that efforts are being made by Governments, internally, bilaterally, regionally and multilaterally, to detect and suppress illicit traffic and to apprehend and punish traffickers,

Noting with approval the resolution adopted by the Inland Transport Committee of the Economic Commission for Europe,5/ which calls for urgent attention by Governments to the problems of the abuse of customs transit systems by drug smugglers,

Emphasizing the importance of Governments co-operating with one another, bilaterally, regionally and multilaterally, to ensure the most prompt and full exchange of information concerning illicit drug traffic,

1. Recommends that Governments give urgent attention to the problem of abuse of customs transit systems by drug smugglers;

2. Recommends that Governments ensure the most expeditious and full exchange of information, bilaterally, regionally and with the International Criminal Police Organization, concerning investigations and control;

3. Reminds Governments, in particular, of their obligation to communicate to the Secretary-General promptly information concerning cases of illicit traffic which are of international significance and, in this connexion, to specify full particulars relating to seizures, including modes of transit and the customs transit systems used;

4. Requests the Secretary-General to communicate the present resolution to Governments for their urgent consideration and appropriate action.

1869th plenary meeting,
15 May 1974

3/ United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 520, No. 7515, p. 151.

4/ E/CONF.58/6 and Corr. 1 and 2.

5/ ECE/TRANS/8, annex 1, resolution No. 220.

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in its resolution 2(S-III) (E/5458/E.CN.7/565, para. 109 and chap. XIII draft resolution B), with a slight amendment.