Commodity flows and containerization
SHIFTING SUPPLY CHAINS AND CONTAINERIZATION
International and national inter-agency cooperation and information-sharing may increase seizure rates, but where an enduring demand for illicit commodities exists, proactive measures may only lead to a change in the nodes, routes and assets used to transfer illicit goods.
Increased supply-chain security is part of the solution. But stemming the use of containerization by state and non-state actors to transfer military, dual-use goods as well as narcotics, smuggled cigarettes and counterfeited products requires a comprehensive approach. Apparent successes in counter trafficking initiatives must be understood within the wider context of dynamic supply chains and global human security.
A future key area of SIPRI's transport and security activities is the development of empirical knowledge of the shifts in these commodity flows, routes, and nodes that result from sanctions, counter-trafficking operations and changes in legal supply networks.