Container Control Programme supported PCU Gradiška with a mentoring visit

17-19 May 2022, Gradiška, Bosnia and Herzegovina: The UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP) conducted a mentoring visit to the Port Control Unit (PCU) in Gradiška, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to support assigned police and customs officers in strengthening their personal and organizational capacities to face the challenges occurring in the containerized trade supply chain. 

The mentoring visit was led by an experienced WCO technical expert, and it concentrated on the key aspects of detailed physical inspections, since this border crossing/customs point is one of the busiest in the country. During the mentoring visit activity the PCU selected and inspected several containerized shipments, also using a mobile scanner.

Aside from the regular activities of risk analysis and profiling, the PCU officers had an opportunity to discuss other topics relevant to their daily work. Special attention was given to environmental crime, especially on Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and waste detection as a possible threat for this border crossing/customs point.

The three-day in-person mentoring activity has been implemented within the EU-UNODC action on promoting the rule of law and good governance through targeted border control measures at ports and airports, funded by the European Union and implemented by AIRCOP and CCP in cooperation with the UNODC Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe.

This activity contributes to SDG 16, particularly SDG 16.a on strengthening relevant national institutions for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime.