Container Control Programme

Container Control Programme – South Eastern Europe

Project Partner: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organisation

Project Period: October 2013 – September 2016

New Picture (1)

The UNODC Container Control Programme is undertaking the creation of port control units (PCUs) in Albania (Port of Durres); Montenegro (Port of Bar); and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bijaca). These units will be located in secure environments, and staffed by front line personnel from different relevant law enforcement agencies who will be trained and equipped to systematically target high risk containers whilst facilitating the free flow of legitimate trade. The training of the personnel is designed to have several comprehensive phases, including onsite classroom training, practical field training, e-learning modules and Work Study Tours to a benchmarking sea port as well as mentoring. For the project to be more effective and sustainable, the PCUs will be equipped to exchange information with counterparts in other countries using a secure global communication application.

The main project goal is to improve the security in the international containerised supply chain by effectively countering the use of containers for the transport of illicit goods, including narcotics.

      The project plans to reach the following outcomes:


  1. Law enforcement officials in newly created Port Control Units apply the acquired technical skills on container controls  in their daily work;
  2. Law enforcement agencies and the private sector in targeted ports cooperate effectively on container control matters;
  3. New tools and mechanisms for collection, sharing and analysis of information about container crime are regularly and effectively used on a national, regional and/or international

Overview of activities funded by the SPCP:

  • Creation of port control units in Albania (Port of Durres), Montenegro (Port of Bar) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Port of Bijaca).
  • Training of law enforcement officials will be done in four phases. The first training phase encompasses basic theoretical and practical training on a wide range of instruments pertaining to drugs and crime and the principals concerning information sources, risk analysis and other profiling techniques, cargo inspection, information exchange mechanisms, post seizure investigations and trade facilitation.
  • New Picture (2)The second phase encompasses more specific training on issues related to security, such as the use of dual-use goods, trafficking of nuclear material, as well as trafficking of firearms and WMD.
  • The third phase is a Work Study Tour to a bench marking port for the trainees to learn firsthand from experienced container profilers.
  • The fourth training phase encompasses regular, ongoing mentorships and continuous training on the specific needs and identified problems of each country.
  • The project is also equipping the port control units to exchange information, on topics such as alert notices on possible high-risk containers and the verification of container numbers, with counterparts in other countries using a secure global communication application called ContainerComm.

Latest news on the project

20.02.2015    Article – CCP Training in BiH

20.02.2015    Article – CCP Mission to Montenegro

13.01.2015    Article – Signing of MoU to enhance Inter-agency Cooperation

22.12.2014     Article – CCP Annual Meeting in Tirana

08.12.2014     Article – Exchange visit in the Port of Durres

28.11.2014     Article – UNODC-WCO CCP in BiH

26.11.2014     Article – Durres JPCU Visit to Port in Italy

24.09.2014     Article – Container Control mission in Montenegro

25.09.2014     Article – Mentorship mission at Durres port under the CCP

23.09.2014    Article – UNODC-WCO demonstration lesson

17.06.2014    Article – UNODC-WCO hand over equipment

10.05.2014     Article – Albanian law enforcement officers meet with Montenegro counterparts

07.04.2014    Article – PCU Officers in Durres seize truck cargo