On-going projects

  • Safe and Secure Parking Places for Trucks (SecPark)

    • Duration: Jan 2018 – Dec 2018 (12 months)
    • Mandate by: European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (EC DG MOVE)
    • Expected outcome(s): The project produces a roadmap for upgrading the pan-European network of Safe and Secure Truck Parking Areas (SSTPAs) and a step-by-step manual for designing secure truck parkings along European motorways. The roadmap discusses current challenges of secure truck parking and recommends ways to overcome any roadblocks ahead.
    • CBRA's role: CBRA is responsible for reviewing existing material on Safe and Secure Truck Parking Areas (SSTAPs). The review document frames the state-of-the-art and summarises good practices and options for designing and upgrading the European network of SSTPAs. CBRA experts also advise the project partners to conduct a survey and produce the final roadmap.

  • Optimizing Trade Facilitation Performance in Morocco

    • Duration: Dec 2017 – Nov 2018 (12 months)
    • Mandate by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); and, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
    • Expected outcome(s): Over the past years, Morocco has undertaken ambitious trade facilitation reforms, leading to substantial progress in particular related to the performance of Moroccan Customs. Bottlenecks remain mainly related to the performance of non-Customs actors. This project consists of two key components: designed to face the identified challenges of Port Procedures - Harmonization of documentary requirements and simplification of procedures in the Moroccan ports (Component 1) and designed to face the identified challenges of Using KPIs and Data Analytics for optimizing Trade Facilitation Performance (Component 2). The main objective of Component 1 is to harmonize, simplify and standardize procedures and documentary requirements related to the import and export operations in Morocco’s ports and in Component 2 is to Optimize Morocco’s trade facilitation performance using transaction-based trade facilitation metrics and data analytics techniques.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA is tasked to take over the technical lead for the Morocco project development and to assist project implementation as part of the Alliance Project Team.
  • Precursors of Illicit Cigarette Trade (PRECISE)

    • Duration: Aug 2017 – Mar 2019 (20 months)
    • Mandate by: PMI IMPACT program
    • Expected outcome(s): This project aims to design a new system for monitoring and controlling essential production resources that illicit tobacco manufacturing needs: raw materials, machinery and competent work force (hereafter referred to as precursors). Precursors – including raw tobacco, acetate tow for filters, and rolling paper – are essential for illegal tobacco production, yet little is done to monitor and control trade in these production inputs. Certainly, the Global Acetate Manufacturers Association (GAMA), whose members account for most global acetate tow production, maintains a voluntary Know Your Customer (KYC) Program, and the WHO Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products proposes licensing of tobacco manufacturing machines and machine spare parts (Art. 6). Even so, to date, there have not been serious, systematic attempts to monitor or control cigarette precursors across geographies, all types of precursors, and players of precursor supply networks. Therefore, the project seeks to complicate sourcing of tobacco precursors, and this way lower consumption of illicit tobacco products. Lower consumption translates eventually into higher tax revenues, better public health, fairer competition, and less income for organized crime syndicates and even terrorist organizations.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA is the sole party in the project.
    • Project URL: https://www.pmi-impact.com/updates/firstfundinground
  • 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