On 29th March, Homeland Security Today in the US reported that port control units trained under a US-backed initiative to boost interdiction of illegal good in shipping containers intercepted 45.5 tons of cocaine in Latin America and the Caribbean last year, the UN said in a recently released annual summary report. The UNODC Container Control Programme (CCP) offers training “to build capacity in countries seeking to improve risk management, supply chain security and trade facilitation in sea, land and airports in order to prevent the cross-border movement of illicit goods”. Referring to UN SCR 1540 which “establishes legally binding obligations to develop and enforce appropriate legal and regulatory measures against the proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons and their means of delivery”, the article says that the programme focuses on the control of imports, exports and transit of commodities subject to licensing or authorisation, namely strategic trade controls on WMD, dual-use goods, and CBRNE materials. The UN report noted that air cargo is “at high risk of exploitation by organized criminal groups and terrorist organisations that exploit weak, ineffective and inconsistent border controls at airports”. In September 2017, the CCP also launched its “Chemical check-I” operation with Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to prevent trafficking of chemicals and associated substances through international supply chains.
The UN report itself is at –