Goods Smuggling and Contrabands  

Overview

The Research Unit on Goods Smuggling and Contraband is a complementary unit within the Department for Seaport Security of Invictus Corporation Ltd. This research unit conducts high-quality and independent research into the smuggling of contraband and counterfeit goods, from a data-driven approach.

Counterfeit and Contraband Goods

We focus on two main categories of goods, namely counterfeit and contraband goods which are being smuggled via seaports. The first category, counterfeit goods are also commonly known as fake goods that appear on the trade market. These goods often infringe upon Intellectual Property Rights, such as copyrights and patents. The smuggling of counterfeit goods poses not only a threat to the finances of trading blocks, such as the European Union (EU), but it also poses a threat to public health and safety. The second category is contraband goods, contraband goods are those goods which are prohibited from being imported into a country and in some cases, in accordance with international law are not allowed to be produced, developed and to be sold on the trade market.

The smuggling of counterfeit and contraband goods often facilitate or are part of other illegal activities, such as corruption and money laundering as well as drugs and arms trafficking. It is, therefore, of high importance to recognize the implications that come with the smuggling of illicit goods and contribute to efficiently and effectively prevent the occurrence of smuggling goods through seaports. It is, therefore, that the Research Unit on Goods Smuggling and Contraband will be working closely together with other research units of the Seaport Security Department that specifically address aforementioned challenges.

The objective of the Research Unit on Goods Smuggling and Contraband

The Research Unit on Goods Smuggling and Contraband aims to identify gaps in both the security of seaports, which enables the continuance of goods being smuggled, as well as gaps within existing international, European and domestic legislation.

The objective of the Research Unit on Goods Smuggling and Contraband takes a data-driven approach and aims to identify the challenges that the smuggling of contraband and counterfeit goods poses to seaports. By mapping out the relevant data and spotting the current challenges, we can provide our stakeholders with tailor-made solutions and recommendations.  

As a starting point, the Research Unit focuses on collecting data from a variety of primary and secondary sources and see where the main issues lie as well as identifying reoccurring themes. The objective of the Research Unit on Goods Smuggling and Contraband takes a data-driven approach and aims to identify the challenges that the smuggling of contraband and counterfeit goods poses to seaports. By mapping out the relevant data and spotting the current challenges, we can provide our stakeholders with tailor-made solutions and recommendations. 

Based on this first step, we can focus on the main issues as well as the most urgent issues which are in the interests of our stakeholders to be addressed and solved. When designing solutions, we look at existing solutions, best practices and the needs of our stakeholders. We identify how the smuggling of goods is currently being prevented and combated by the competent authorities, such as customs and national governments and whether these measures are being effective. This allows us to get a clear picture of where improvement is needed and how current challenges in seaports can be addressed. When conducting research and providing for solutions, the Unit takes into account all different aspects that come with the smuggling of goods. This ranges from the financial aspect to the socio-economic aspect to the creativity of organized groups.

The Research Unit on Goods Smuggling and Contraband strives to provide a unique service to our stakeholders and to provide for comprehensive high-quality end products, which can be in the form of reports, policy recommendations and compendiums, addressing the challenges, trends and solutions to the smuggling of goods and contraband. These high-quality end products will be long-term and sustainable solutions in order to accommodate stakeholders in the best way we can.

Our Team

The Research Unit on Goods Smuggling and Contraband consists of, young professionals that work within the Department on Seaport Security. Within the Research Unit, there will be different teams that each address different challenges and issues in seaports concerning the smuggling of goods. Such challenges range from non-compliance with domestic law to seaports being used as transit ‘hotspots’ as well as the increase in organized crime.

Each of our team members has a unique set of skills, ranging from legal analytics to security management and international relations. This way, each member has its own role within the research unit and their work becomes essential within the different stages of the research unit in order to produce an end product of high-quality.

Recent Publications

The work of the Research Unit on Goods Smuggling and Contrabands will be made available here. 

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