More than 420 million containers move around the globe by sea every year, transporting 90 per cent of the world's cargo. Most carry licit goods, but some are being used to smuggle drugs, weapons, even people. The situation poses a very real and serious threat to the security of the international trade supply chain that is critical for sustainable development. The Container Control Programme, launched in 2003, was developed jointly by UNODC and the World Customs Organization (WCO) to assist Governments to create sustainable enforcement structures in selected sea ports in order to minimize the risk of shipping containers being exploited for illicit drug trafficking, transnational organized crime and other forms of black market activity. These resources are particularly relevant for local officials in port towns and cities.


Tools and Services

Container Profiling and Examination e-learning courses