Combating illicit trade and transnational smuggling: Key challenges for customs and border control agencies

Gautam Basu*

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Abstract

Customs and border control agencies face key challenges in preventing illicit trade and disrupting transnational smuggling operations. Maintaining the delicate balance between facilitating legitimate trade flows while concurrently deterring those that are illicit is a complex operational task. This paper identifies and delves deeper into three of those challenges: the scale of complexity of physical transportation geography in border management, adaptive capabilities of concealment, evasion, structural and operational flexibility by professional smugglers, and institutional coordination problems which may arise in customs and border control management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-26
Number of pages12
JournalWorld Customs Journal
Volume8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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