Container Control Programme – South Eastern Europe
Project Period: October 2013 – September 2016
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:
- Law enforcement officials in newly created Port Control Units apply the acquired technical skills on container controls in their daily work;
- Law enforcement agencies and the private sector in targeted ports cooperate effectively on container control matters;
- 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.
- 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
22.12.2014 Article – CCP Annual Meeting in Tirana
28.11.2014 Article – UNODC-WCO CCP in BiH
26.11.2014 Article – Durres JPCU Visit to Port in Italy
23.09.2014 Article – UNODC-WCO demonstration lesson
17.06.2014 Article – UNODC-WCO hand over equipment