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About 90% of all trade is conducted via maritime containers of which more than  500 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 and continent to continent, make them important targets for actors in the illicit drug trade, and even more so for actors involved in producing and delivering 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. The situation, therefore, poses a serious threat to the international trade supply, as well as to sustainable development.


In response to this, UNODC and the World Customs Organization (WCO) launched the Container Control Programme (CCP) in 2004 to assist Governments in establishing effective checks at select ports across the globe. This United Nations Television Service (UNTV) video tells the story about the international trafficking of clandestine goods in containers, and illustrates the joint UNODC/WCO efforts to address it.


... In Latin America, operational Joint Port Control Units (JPCUs) exist in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama and Paraguay. In the Caribbean, the CCP has been gaining significant momentum following the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Suriname and Guyana in mid-2012, and Jamaica and the Dominican Republic which established JPCUs in 2013.