Partnership with the World Customs Organisation


To enhance the effectiveness of Customs administrations and prevent illicit trafficking, UNODC has partnered with the World Customs Organization. 

The partnership is based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed in November 1996.  

The MoU revised several times focused on the three preliminary overarching themes for  

  • Organised crime and trafficking 

  • Terrorism prevention 

  • Drug abuse prevention and health 

The partnership aims to encourage cooperation, emphasising both the human and environmental aspects of the illegal trade in plastic and hazardous waste and its impact on national revenue and legal trade. 

Operational Cooperation

About 90% of all trade is conducted via maritime containers. More than 500 million are shipped yearly in the trade supply chain. Of this amount, less than 2% are inspected. The incredible volume of containers makes them important targets for actors in the illicit drug trade, as well as in producing and delivering counterfeit goods and merchandise.  

In this context, UNODC and have come together to elaborate the  Container Control Programme (CCP), which aims to make States more reliant and minimise the exploitation of maritime containers for the illicit trafficking of drugs and other transnational organised crime activities.