The Bureau International des Containers has announced that the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP) has won its 2018 Award
The BIC 2018 Award was recently presented at the World Customs Organization headquarters in Brussels
The Container Control Programme (CCP) is run jointly by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The CCP helps strengthen international supply chain security by building the capacities of national border agencies in tackling threats related to sea, land and air cargo. It develops cooperation among national law enforcement authorities and private sector entities such as port operators and shipping lines.
The CCP’s efforts have resulted in seizures of a wide range of prohibited goods, such as weapons, proceeds of fisheries, forest, wildlife and other environmental crimes, prohibited drugs, strategic goods, falsified or unlicensed medicines, precursors for drugs and weapons, cigarettes, and goods which are counterfeit or otherwise violate intellectual property law.
Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the WCO and John Brandolino, Director, Division for Treaty Affairs of the UNODC, received the BIC award on the opening day of the annual Enforcement Committee meeting on the 11th March 2019 at the World Customs Organization headquarters in Brussels.
Presenting the BIC Award alongside Douglas Owen, Secretary General of the BIC, Giordano Bruno Guerrini, BIC’s Chairman, commented: “The Container Control Program has been selected for its successes in improving security and mitigating smuggling in container transportation. The BIC believes that the capacity-building efforts of the CCP, and its important work in promoting advanced risk-assessment around the world, are to be applauded and encouraged.”
At present, the CCP is operational in 50 countries and has initiated activities in 12 other countries. More than 80 Port Control Units (PCUs) and Air Cargo Control Units (ACCUs) have been established since the CCP’s inception in 2004.
These inter-agency units are equipped to exchange information with their counterparts in other countries using a secure communication application, developed by the WCO, called ContainerComm. It provides PCUs and ACCUs with access to a wealth of information that allows users to track, profile and identify high risk containers, verify their identification numbers and send out alerts to other PCUs and ACCUs.