Traffickers continue to use all available modes of transport for illicit trade. OECD evidence indicates a larger number of individual seizures in small shipments (through air-travel and road transport); however, seizures from commercial maritime container shipping continue to dominate in terms of volume and value of goods seized.
The TF-CIT, together with the EUIPO, is currently developing a report on the misuse of container ships in illicit trade. The report will provide empirical evidence about the abuse of container ships in international trade in counterfeits. It will also suggest the main routes of trade with containers polluted with illicit trade. Finally, the report will also outline the economic landscape for containerized maritime transport and investigates policy gaps that enable its misuse by criminals in illicit trade, and about the governance and economic drivers and policy gaps that enable them.