Container Control Programme (CCP) Annual Report 2020: Results in West Africa

11-03-2021

Since its launch in 2004, the Container Control Programme has expanded and developed significantly and has becomea flagship programme for both the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO).

The mission of the Container Control Programme is to build capacity in countries seeking to improve risk management, supply chain security and trade facilitation in
seaports, land-borders and airports to prevent the cross-border movement of illicit goods.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in early spring 2020, the CCP quickly switched to video conference tools, supported by e-learning courses to deliver training and to keep performance momentum.

 

In West Africa, the CCP has 4 Port Control Units (PCUs) in the ports of Cotonou (Benin), Dakar (Senegal), Lomé (Togo) and Tema (Ghana) which continued to benefit from the Programme's support in 2020 with training, mentoring, regional workshop and exchanges involving some 40 officers.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the number of containers imported and seizures made in the region in 2020 decreased compared to 2019. Challenges and threats were mainly related to expired pharmaceuticals and medical consumables, including Tramadol. Stolen vehicles, customs offences, cannabis and cocaine were also identified by teams in the region.

A total of 37 seizures were made by the PCUs in West Africa in 2020, including 5 seizures of expired medication; 2 seizures of drugs: 557.5kg cocaine and 15.519 kg of cannabis; 20 seizures of underdeclared goods, 10 seizures of stolen vehicles with 38 units.

In 2020, international practical cooperation under CCP was also strengthened between Latin America and West Africa. Namely, PCUs in Dakar and Paraguay, as well as PCUs in Peru and Tema exchanged information on profiling high-risk containers.

 

For more information :

Container Control Programme (CCP) Annual Report 2020: https://www.unodc.org/documents/Container-control-programme/21-02-16_-_CCP_AR_2020_web.pdf