On 21st November, the World Customs Organisation published the annual publication in which the WCO tries to quantify and map the situation concerning illicit markets in the following 6 key areas: Cultural Heritage; Drugs; Environment; IPR, Health and Safety; Revenue; and Security.


wco drugs type

drugs finding

Compare the above for drugs – where risk profiling was overwhelmingly the most important method for detection – with below for endangered species – where routine customs checks yielded the most results.

cites finding

However, for counterfeit goods etc, it was again risk profiling that was most effective.

ip finding

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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