Container Control Programme (CCP)

About 90% of all trade is conducted via maritime containers of which more than 600 million are shipped yearly in the trade supply chain, and of this amount, less than 2% are inspected. The incredible volume of containers travelling the seas from country to country make them important targets for actors in the illicit drug trade, weapons, counterfeit goods and merchandise. The global dependency on maritime trade, combined with not only sophisticated concealment methods employed by narco-traffickers or counterfeiters, but also diverse trafficking routes, make successful interdiction and intervention difficult.

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In this context, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Customs Organization (WCO) have come together to elaborate the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP). The CCP has a global reach and aims to fortify the structures and processes which allow for the application of sustainable laws for States and selected ports, so as to minimize the exploitation of maritime containers for the illicit trafficking of drugs, and other transnational organized crime activities. It specifically aims at:

  • Facilitating cooperation in the fight against crime amongst states and international agencies involved in the regulation of container traffic;
  • Strengthening and promoting the alliances between the Customs, trade and enforcement communities in an effort to prevent the abuse of legitimate commercial trade for illicit activities;
  • Promoting efforts to eradicate the inter-institutional mistrust and corruption that can hamper effective execution of the programme.

Additional Information

UNODC-WCO Global Container Control Programme