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Project Block: Regional project on mapping criminal operators in the logistics chain

Enhancing cooperation between national customs services and police forces facilitates the exchange of information and best practice. This in turn leads to greater expertise on illegal activities affecting the logistics chain.

Project dates 12/12/2008 - 30/09/2011
TopicCustoms Cooperation
Total budget€47 762
EU contribution70%
Project CoordinatorNational Board of Customs (Finland)
Project partners
  • National Bureau of Investigation (Finland)
  • Customs Service (Sweden)
  • Customs Criminal Service (Lithuania)
  • Estonian Tax and Customs Board (Estonia)
  • Norwegian Customs and Excise Service (Norway)
  • Europol (The Netherlands)
Associate Partners
  • Customs Service (Germany)
  • Customs Service (Lithuania)
  • Customs Service (Poland)
  • Police Force (Sweden)
  • Customs Service and Police Force (Russia)
  • OLAF (European Anti-Fraud Office)

Project Description

This multidisciplinary regional law enforcement project increased expertise on illegal activities affecting the logistics chain, especially between countries which share a land border with non-EU countries. The aim was to promote cooperation and the exchange of best practice between the different law enforcement authorities within participating countries.

A conference on logistics-related crime in the Baltic Sea Area took place in Helsinki in December 2009, within the framework of Project Block.

Benefits and results

Project Block involved planning and project meetings, an analysis phase and a joint operational phase. By including an intelligence-led operation, for which targets were analysed and selected during the analysis phase before the actual operation, Project Block was different to other joint customs operations, for which the targets are selected during the operation itself.

The chosen method allowed operation targets with criminal backgrounds to be highlighted in the logistics chain. Although no criminal organisations were disrupted as a result of this project, the operation was considered a success in terms of the amount of information exchanged, the violations detected and the financial benefit gained.

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