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» CASE STUDY: JAMAICA Jamaica-U.N. Sign MOU to Improve Port Security I   n November 2012, Jamaica signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime and the World Customs Organization Container Control Programme. By doing so, Jamaica became the first country in the Caribbean to join the U.S. and Canadian-funded program. The agreement will strengthen the country's ability to process containers that pass through the nation's ports, minimizing legal activities and increasing security. The UNODC will provide technical assistance, analytics tools, computer stations and other equipment to the ports to help identify illicit goods. "Some 90 percent of international trade is represented by container flows, and less than 2 percent of these flows are inspected. This leaves significant room for the corruption of the cargo, and it allows for organized criminal activities to thrive," Phillips told the Jamaica Observer at the time the MOU was signed. The agreement will strengthen the country's ability to process containers that pass through the nation's ports, minimizing legal activities and increasing security. The UNODC will provide technical assistance, analytics tools, computer stations and other equipment to the ports to help identify illicit goods. The programme will be implemented at the Kingston and Montego Bay ports. Part of the initiative includes the development of a dedicated inter-agency container-profiling unit, comprised personnel from Customs, the Port Authority of Jamaica and members of the security forces. On hand during the signing were Jamaica's Finance and Planning Minister Dr. Peter Phillips and U.N. Programme Manager Troels Vester, as well as Canadian High Commissioner Robert Ready and United States Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater. The Container Control Programme, launched in 2003, was developed jointly by UNODC and the WCO to assist governments to create sustainable enforcement structures in selected seaports in order to minimize the risk of shipping containers being exploited for illicit drug trafficking, transnational organized crime  and  other forms of black market activity. ● Our expertise isn't just based on desk research Having every professional qualification in the book and speaking 16 languages - from Mandarin to Romanian - helps. But knowing global transport and logistics inside out is all about being part of the fabric of the industry. From lawyers to loss prevention experts, from underwriters to claims managers, you can rely on us for unrivalled experience and expertise. Because we don't do anything else, we lead the way in transport and logistics insurance. www.ttclub.com 660329_TT.indd 1 25/09/13 2:28 AM 636880_Alabama.indd 1 WINTER 2013 31 AM 24/04/13 12:02 http://www.ttclub.com http://www.asdd.com http://www.ttclub.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Securing Seaport Cyberspace
Ces Operators Work in Partnership With Port Communities
Radar Technology Opens Up for All Ports
Mccs Keep Ports Running in Case of Emergency
Seaport Industry Gathers in Central Florida for Aapa Annual Convention
Forging His Own Path
All States Depend on Maritime Trade Growth
Maritime Security: 10 Years of Partnerships
Cybersecurity a Growing Threat to Maritime Security
Port Metro Vancouver Announces Funding for Security Expansion
Jamaica-U.n. Sign Mou to Improve Port Security
Integrated Management System Addresses Security at Bahia Blanca
Coastal Trident Training Program Tests Hueneme’s Preparedness
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