A report from ENACT Africa says that ports and airports across Africa continue to be targeted by organised crime groups to traffic illicit goods. The report set out to assess how organised crime exploits ports and airports in Africa. It aims at identifying and analysing the latest transportation trends and methods used on the continent by organised crime, to further their sphere of operations. This includes detailed explanation of the criminals involved, trafficking routes and specific modus operandi, and recommendations to identify and disrupt these organised crime groups. It says that organised crime groups are involved in trafficking at ports and airports on the African continent and are almost certainly connected across borders. They are active in all types of illicit goods trafficking, including drugs, wildlife, natural resources, cigarettes, stolen motor vehicles, weapons, pharmaceuticals, cash and counterfeit goods. The report found that large international airports with limited or poor screening procedures and with many connecting flights are at the highest risk to be exploited, with close collaboration with transnational crime groups that target the continent specifically to maximize illicit gains. It says that corruption is likely a major facilitator of the trafficking chain in Africa, involving airline and shipping crew members, customs, police, and airport and port authorities and staff.

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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