24 Aug '12, 9am
New SIPRI essay by Hugh Griffiths on practical methods for sharing knowledge and stemming destabilizing arms flows:
Another problem confronting policy makers today is smuggling via shipping container. As documented in the SIPRI report Maritime Transport and Destabilizing Commodity Flows , container transportation has created a ‘trade superhighway’, allowing greater volumes of commodities to be moved faster, both at sea and through ports, and at a reduced cost. Sealed shipping containers are a key vulnerability in the global supply chain, as they provide traffickers with the ideal cover for moving a variety of illicit commodities, including illicit military equipment and dual use goods which may be used to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The sheer volume of container movements, the lack of a universal tracking or monitoring system, increasingly sophisticated concealment methods, the ease of diversion, and states’ uneven detection abilities add to the problem. These vulnerabili...