Joint container control program started in Guayaquil, Dakar ports
The World Customs Organization and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime have started the operational phase of pilot container control programs at the ports of Guayaquil, Ecuador, and Dakar, Senegal, to help prevent the trafficking of illegal drugs.
Law enforcement in these two ports will receive training and equipment to target drug trafficking in ocean containers. Donor representatives include France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
In the program, the WCO and UNODC will help the two ports in implementing risk assessment and targeting procedures to improve their ability to detect illegal drugs.
The joint WCO/UNODC program follows earlier joint projects to address drug trafficking through African seaports, interception of illegal drugs in the mail, and the development of several regional customs enforcement networks in Africa, Europe and Latin America.