Egypt Chemicals Supply Chain Security –project (2015)

Case study development and workshop facilitation. Project commissioned by the US State Department, Chemical Security Program.
Date: 1.2-31.5.2015

FP7-project CORE (2014-2018)

fp7_core“Consistently Optimised Resilient Secure Global Supply-Chains”.

Grant agreement no: 603993. Date: 1.5.2014-30.4.2018


CORE will consolidate, amplify, extend and demonstrate EU knowledge and capabilities and international co-operation for securing supply chains whilst maintaining or improving business performance, with specific reference to key Supply Chain Corridors.

CORE will be driven by the requirements of:

•    the customs, law enforcement authorities, and other agencies nationally and internationally to increase effectiveness of security & trade compliance, without increasing the transaction costs for business and to increase co-operative security risk management (supervision & control);

•    the business communities, specifically shippers, forwarders, terminal operators, carriers and financial stakeholders to integrate compliance and trade facilitation concepts like green lanes and pre-clearance with supply chain visibility and optimisation.

CORE will consolidate solutions developed in Reference Projects in each supply chain sector (port, container, air, post). Implementation-driven R&D will be then undertaken designed to discover gaps and practical problems and to develop capabilities and solutions that could deliver sizable and sustainable progress in supply chain security across all EU Member States and on a global scale.


Publications and presentations:

Hintsa, J., Mohanty, S. and Rudzitis, N. (2014), “Negative socio-economic impacts of common illicit freight logistics import flows  – FP7-CORE” Proceedings of the 9th WCO PICARD Conference, September 17-19, 2014, Puebla, Mexico.

FP7-project CWIT (2013-2015)

f7_cwit“Countering WEEE illegal trade”.

Grant agreement no: 312605. Date: 1.9.2013-31.8.2015.


The research and development project Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) will provide a set of recommendations to the European Commission and law enforcement authorities that will assist them in countering the illegal trade of WEEE ( Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), also known as ‘e-waste’ within and from Europe.  Funded by the European Union’s Framework Program 7, this 2 year security research project brings together a group of experts skilled in the fields of e-waste analysis, crime analysis, supply chain security, and database management.

Only around 3 million tons of the estimated total of 8 million tons in WEEE was officially collected, treated, and reported to authorities across Europe in 2010. E-waste contains materials such as gold, copper, and palladium which makes it very valuable on the black market; attracting not just illegal single operators but serious organised crime groups.

However e-waste also contains hazardous substances such as mercury and cadmium. Therefore illegal e-waste handling, often in poorer countries, leads to huge health issues and environmental pollution.  At the same time, European Union Member States are losing a vast amount of rare earth metals and other important minerals due to increasing illicit activities, poor compliance rates, and limited enforcement activities in eWaste.

These issues call for increased attention and enhanced enforcement in the context of WEEE trade, transport, and treatment.  The CWIT project, has been established to identify the policy, regulatory, procedural, and technical gaps as observed in today’s business environment, and to suggest tangible improvements.  The CWIT consortium is composed of partners that have a great deal of expertise on the WEEE area, crime analysis and the management of large databases, it comprises  Interpol, WEEE Forum aisbl, United Nations University (UNU), Zanasi & Partners (Z&P), Compliance and Risks (C2P), Cross-border Research Association (CBRA) and United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).


Publications and presentations:

Forthcoming: Luda di Cortemiglia, V. and Hintsa, J. (2014), “Coordinating research efforts”, in Pink, G. and White, R. (Eds.), Environmental Crime and Collaborative State Intervention”, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Hintsa, J. and Wieting, M. (2014), “A new research protocol to develop multiple case studies on illicit activities in trade, logistics, processing and disposal of WEEE – waste in electrical and electronic equipment”, Proceedings of the Hamburg International Conference of Logistics, September 18-19, 2014, Hamburg.

Study on “Revenue and tax collection data model for Customs administrations globally” (2015)

Study commissioned by the Swiss Customs Administration. 1.12.2014-31.8.2015.

Study on “Future air cargo screening technologies and research funding opportunities” (2014-2015)

Study commissioned by the European Express Association. 1.10.2014-31.5.2015.

Study on “The import VAT and duty de-minimis in the European Union – Where should they be and what will be the impact?” (2013-2014)

Study commissioned by the European Express Association 15.3.2013–15.10.2014.
Final report available at: 

Thailand Europe Cooperation TEC-II, PDSC (2012-2013)

thailand_europe_cooperation_tec_II_pdscImplementation of international standards on supply chain security leading to a secure trade environment and to increased trade facilitation

(Activity Code: TRA 4).
AEO MRA project duration with Dr. Hintsa: 1 November 2012-30 October 2013.


The study has the following two main objectives:

•    Assist Royal Thai Customs, RTC, to improve the popularity of the Thai AEO program among the economic operators.

•    Assist RTC in preparing for AEO MRA negotiations, primarily with the European Union / European Commission Directorate General of Customs and Taxation (EC DG TAXUD).


Publications and presentations:

Forthcoming: Hintsa J. 2014. Final report on AEO – MRA study for RTC. Thailand Europe Cooperation TEC-II, PDSC. Implementation of international standards on Supply Chain Security leading to a secure Trade Environment and to increased Trade Facilitation (Activity Code : TRA 4). Bangkok, Thailand.

Presentation available at:  [Accessed 6 September 2014]

Trade Facilitation Master Plan for Abu Dhabi Customs Administration (2012-2013)

abu_dhabi_customsCBRA participated as the trade facilitation working group facilitator in ADLAP-project during years 2012-2013.


The goal of improving Trade Facilitation is to help make trade across borders more efficient, ensuring safety and security. Trade facilitation impacts the physical movement of goods and also the associated information flows. Through improved trade facilitation logistics, companies and traders will gain higher predictability, higher speed of operations and lower transaction costs. This results in more competitive imports and exports on global markets. For the public sector, it means enhanced revenue collection, better use of resources and increased trader compliance.

Current situation in Abu Dhabi: The ADLAP study has identified a range of issues experienced by logistics and trade companies in Abu Dhabi relating to delays and high administrative costs in cross-border operations. There are limitations in the transparency, standardization and harmonization of cross-border regulations and requirements.

Working Group Outcomes and Strategic Actions: Led by Abu Dhabi Customs Administration (ADCA), Trade Facilitation Working Group utilised the United Nations Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide (TFIG) to help generate its Action Plan recommendations. These actions include but are not limited to the introduction by ADCA of single window web-services, the reduction of procedural obstacles, the introduction of an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Program, the enhancement of customs risk management capabilities and the creation of new knowledge on key performance indicators and measures. The working group will continue to ensure the necessary public-private sector interaction to execute these plans.

Four strategic themes are identified within the Action Plan:

•    Creating greater transparency in cross-border logistics and trade information. A high degree of transparency, clarity and ease-of-access to governmental information related to cross-border logistics and trade is required. The working group will support ADCA to further identify information gaps and in the development of a single point cross-border logistics and trade web-portal.

•    Reducing border crossing times. Fast and predictable border crossing times are required including rapid customs release times with high safety and security standards and practices. The group will work with ADCA, for example, on the introduction of an advanced cargo information scheme and will organize dialogue between stakeholders to better understand the availability of pre-arrival and pre-departure data.

•    Reducing administrative costs. Low administrative costs are essential including personnel and data management costs for logistics and trade to comply with governmental cross-border regulations and requirements. One example action is to design and implement a complete transactional single window web-service covering all data and document exchange between logistics and trade and all relevant government agencies.

•    Organizing sustainable public-private partnership. There is a need for a strong, dynamic and sustainable public-private partnership arrangement between customs, logistics and trade in Abu Dhabi. As a development of the working group, ADCA will seek to establish a permanent Trade Facilitation Partnership Forum. The working group will help draft a MoU between public and private sector organizations setting out objectives, principles, roles and responsibilities.


Publications and presentations:


FP7-project SAFEPOST (2012-2016)

fp7_safepost“Reuse and Development of Security Knowledge Assets for International Postal Supply Chains”.

Grant agreement no: 285104. Date: 1.4.2012-31.3.2016


SAFEPOST is a four year Integration project addressing the FP7-SEC-2011.2.4- 1 International Postal Supply Chains.

SAFEPOST will provide a highly innovative solution for postal security to:

•     assist stakeholders involved in postal services to achieve enhanced security without cost penalties

•     facilitate the sustainable development of increasing level of postal security across Europe

After making an inventory of security gaps starting from the perspective of the partner postal operations, the project will develop generic postal security models which will be integrated into a Postal Security Target Operating Model. This will enable postal operators, customs and other relevant actors to understand how to securely exchange information related not only to security but also to the optimisation of postal flows.

To support the implementation of the Postal Security Target Operating Model, a Postal Security Platform will be developed which will  provide a ‘Common Postal Security Space’ with a view to create in the future a European/World Postal Security standard information sharing system.


Publications and presentations: