BIMCO Signs Anti-drug Smuggling Agreement with Italy

Friday, June 21, 2002
On June 19, 2002, BIMCO established its fourteenth anti-drug smuggling agreement when the latest Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in Rome by BIMCO and the Italian Customs. With the increasing frequency in the movement of illicit drugs to North America and Europe, combined with the increased attention given to maritime security since the tragic events of 11 September, the importance of such agreements with customs authorities becomes ever more essential for shipowners and customs administrations alike. “These agreements represent a commitment from both sides to cooperate in the battle against drug smugglers” said Ove Tvedt, Deputy Secretary General of BIMCO. “As efforts are now being made on an international scale aimed at tightening security on ships and ports, owners that are participating in the anti-drug smuggling programs will be a step ahead of companies that have not chosen to do so. These agreements also protect the free movement of innocent cargoes whilst helping customs detect contraband.” Shipowners that are covered by such agreements can avoid delays and in some cases mitigate applicable fines when drugs are found on board. The exchange of information between customs and owners is also enhanced. Tvedt and the Director of Italian Customs Mario Andrea Guaiana signed the MOU at the Italian Customs Rome headquarters. BIMCO has previously established similar agreements with the customs administrations of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. More than 60% of BIMCO’s owner members are participating with one or more of the anti-drug smuggling programs.

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