On-going projects

  • Security Guidance for the European Commercial Freight Road Transport Sector

    • Duration: Jan – Jul 2017 (7 months)
    • Mandate by: EC DG MOVE
    • Expected outcome(s): Transport security and the protection of transport workers from organized criminal attacks and security incidents are key priorities for the European Commission. The European Commission objective is to contribute to improving security of the distribution of goods by commercial road transport as well as ensuring physical integrity of all actors. This purpose of this project is to provide clear operational guidance in the form of a toolkit to transport companies including drivers of commercial heavy goods vehicles to strengthen their security to measures to help prevent both the theft of cargo and the unauthorized intrusion of irregular migrants into their vehicles. This guidance will be widely promoted and made available as far as possible across the EU.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA is the project leader (having TAPA EMEA as a subcontractor)
    • Link to publications: Na
    • Project URL: Na
  • BORDER MANAGEMENT BRIEFING FOR MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

    • Duration: Dec 2016 – Feb 2017 (3 months)
    • Mandate by: European Parliament, Committee on International Trade (INTA)
    • Expected outcome(s): A briefing on "Facilitating External Trade via Border Management", with the following components: (i) An overview of the operational practices in cross-border trade that includes an introduction to international supply chain management principles and practices as well as operational challenges faced at the ports and borders; (ii) An overview of best border management practices, including trade facilitation - as recommended by the appropriate international organizations (e.g. WCO and UNECE) and required under the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement - and coordinated border management principles to help strengthen and improve border controls; and, (iii) Thoughts and recommendations on how to improve upon trade facilitation and border management within the EU.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA is co-authoring the briefing (led by Dr. Andrew Grainger)
    • Link to publications: Na
    • Project URL: Na
  • Total Cost of Cargo Theft (TCCT) study

    • Duration: Apr 2016 – Oct 2017 (18 months)
    • Mandate by: Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA)
    • Expected outcome(s): Economic model with all the costs associated to cargo theft – remanufacturing, investigation, market share losses etc.; data collected from appr. 30 multinationals in manufacturing, distribution and logistics.
    • CBRA's role: CBRA is leading the research efforts in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) -region of TAPA
    • Link to publications: Na
    • Project URL: Na
  • DOTCOM Waste – Development of tools to counter illegal management and trade of waste -project

    • Duration: Jan 2016 – Dec 2017 (2 years)
    • Mandate by: European Commission Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs
    • Expected outcome(s): Training materials and other tools to increase the capabilities of law enforcement agencies, customs and port authorities, environmental agencies and prosecutors to fight cross-border waste crime more cost-effectively.
    • CBRA's role: CBRA is a task leader for the Customs educational materials in fight against waste trafficking.
    • Link to publications: Na
    • Project URL: www.dotcomwaste.eu

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  • SYNCHRO-NET - Synchro-modal Supply Chain Eco-Net -project

    • Duration: May 2015 – Oct 2018 (42 months)
    • Mandate by: Horizon 2020 program of the European Union
    • Expected outcome(s): Demonstrating how a powerful and innovative synchro-modal supply chain eco-net can catalyze the uptake of the slow steaming concept and synchro-modality, guaranteeing cost-effective robust solutions that de-stress the supply chain to reduce emissions and costs for logistics operations, while simultaneously increasing reliability and service levels for logistics user.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA looks after the Policy reviews as well as after the project outreach to the European and global customs communities.
    • Link to publications: Na
    • Project URL: www.synchro-net.org

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  • CORE - Consistently Optimised Resilient Ecosystem - Supply chain security demonstration project

    • Duration: May 2014 – Apr 2018 (4 years)
    • Mandate by: Framework Program 7 of the European Union, project partnership with INTERPOL, WCO, multiple national customs, Maersk, DHL, P&G, FloraHolland etc.
    • Expected outcome(s): Demonstrations on how a powerful and innovative consistently optimized resilient ecosystem implementation, integrating interoperability, security, resilience and real-time optimization can produce cost effective, fast and robust solutions that will guarantee the efficient and secure transit of goods through the worldwide global supply chain system.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA is the leader for Policy reviews and recommendations, information observatory and education materials – special focus on Customs and police education in supply chain, risk management, security and trade facilitation
    • Link to publications: One example
    • Project URL: www.coreproject.eu
  • Negative impacts of trafficking and illicit trade – Comparative analysis in Vietnam, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Russia; and, illicit wood export Vietnam to EU

  • AEO Benefit surveys – WCO 2nd Global AEO meeting in Madrid 2014 & WCO 3rd Global AEO meeting in Cancun 2016

    • Duration: Jan 2014 – June 2017 (3.5 years total time span)
    • Mandate by: World Customs Organization, PICARD program
    • Expected outcome(s): Detailed model on customs granted benefits available / implemented across the globe, including: more streamlined / simplified Customs procedures, less frequent interventions by the Customs administration, increased priority over non-AEO companies, and increased (positive) attention by the Customs administration.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA is the project leader
    • Link to publications: One example
    • Project URL: Na