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Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia/Pacific - Inece

Timber Enforcement Meeting

October 18-19

19 th 2004, Bangkok, Thailand

RILO’s Activities for Regional

Enforcement Cooperation

Gwang-hyeon

Jang

Intelligence Analyst, RILO A/P

Tel: 86 10 6539-6354

6354

Fax: 86 10 6539-6349

6349

E-mail:

rilo-ap

ap@customs.

@customs.gov.cn


Contents

I. What is RILO

II. Main object / function of RILO

III. Timber cases in the CEN system

IV. What RILO can do for Timber

Enforcement


I. What is RILO

- WCO’s Regional

Intelligence

Liaison

Office

-

Oct. 1986: Agreed on the project ofo

Customs

coordination/communications concerning

drug trafficking at ESCAP/CCC Workshop

Oct. 1987: Agreed on establishment of RILO as “Central

Contact Point” of regional information

exchange

Dec. 1987: RILO A/P set up in Hong Kong: The first

RILO in the world

Jan. 1999: Relocated to Tokyo, Japan

Jan. 2004: Relocated to Beijing, China


WCO’s Global RILO Network

(10 RILOs around world)

W/Europe

Germany (1998)

N/Africa

Morocco (1993)

WCO

E&C/Europe

Poland (1993)

Asia and the Pacific

- China (Jan 2004)

- Japan (1999)

- Hong Kong (1987)

West Africa

Senegal (1993)

Middle East

Saudi Arabia(1995)

Caribbean

Puerto Rico (1994)

Central Africa

Cameroon (1994)

E&S/Africa

Kenya (1993)

South America

Chile (1993)


RILO A/P’s s Membership

(28 Members as of Oct. 2004)

Australia

Bangladesh

Brunei

Bhutan

Cambodia

China

Fiji

Hong Kong, China

India

Indonesia

Iran

Japan

Korea

Macao, China

Malaysia

Maldives

Mongolia

Myanmar

Nepal

New Zealand

Pakistan

Papua New Guinea

Philippines

Samoa

Singapore

Sri Lanka

Thailand

Vietnam

+ Laos is an associate Member


RILO has 12 staff members

9 From China (hosting Member)

- 1 head, 2 deputy heads

- 6 analysts

3 analysts from other Members

- Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea


II. Main objects of RILO project

Promote regional co-operation operation in the

fight against illegal customs frauds;

and

Enhance Customs capacity in the field

of intelligence and enforcement


Main Functions of RILO

Create/disseminate Intelligence

Coordinate Intelligence exchange

and administrative assistance

Liaison works for law cooperation

Promote and maintain CEN

Technical assistance to the Members


RILO A/P’s s Intelligence Products

Monthly Bulletin: Provide T

Provide Tactical Intelligence articles

Intelligence Report: Detailed Analysis on Regional trends

Alert: Timely circulate Urgent Intelligence/Information

Monthly

Bulletin

Intelligence

Report

Alert


RILO’s s Intelligence tool, CEN

CEN

CEN(Customs

Enforcement Network) is

a global enforcement Information and intelligence tool

available to Customs

Internet based Seizures Database

Communication Network

13 categories of Customs Fraud D/B

- Drug, CITES, IPR, Tobacco, Weapon, etc.


Case reporting

Data analysis/inquire

Communication

Database

More downstep

inquire

CEN


What kind seizures data are in

the CEN database

Drugs

: 52,313

Tobacco

: 10,727

Currency

: 1,225

Tax evasion : 2,864

Beverage

: 1,956

Pornography

: 120

(Unit: case, As of Sep 2004)

CITES

: 6,270

IPR

: 1,748

Precursor

: 363

Weapon

: 641

Hazards

: 6

- Total : 78,233

CITES: 6,270 cases

- Flora : 956 cases - Fauna : 5,314 cases


Publications from other Agencies


III. Timber Smuggling cases in

the CEN database:

Date

Location

Route

Common Name

Redsanders In freight: Sea

Red Sandal Wood,

India -

8-Mar-04 Pune

Singapore Redsanders

50,220 kg Not concealed

Container

Red Sandal Wood,

16-Mar-04 Depot Cochin India -Unknown Redsanders

27,300 kg In freight: Sea

Red Sandal Wood,

India -

30-Apr-04 Tuticorin

Hong Kong Redsanders 63,470 kg In freight: Sea

Red Sandal Wood,

India -

4-May-04 Kandla

Unknown Redsanders

44,770 kg In premises

Red Sandal Wood,

19-Aug-04 Chenai India - Malaysia

29,810 kg

Red Sandal Wood,

India -

19-Aug-04 Chenai

Singapore Redsanders

2,280 kg In freight: Sea

In 2004, 6 cases with a total of 218 tons of illegal

Timber seizures were reported from India

Quantity

Concealment


Timber Alert message in the CEN

CITES CITES Alert Alert -15/2004 --11/06/2004 Large Large Scale Scale Smuggling of of

Redsanders wood wood (Pterocarpus santallnus) from from India India


Timber Alert message in the CEN

Alert contains intelligence:

--Seizure Summary

--Concealment // Transport

--Indicators led led to to detection

--Related information (e.g. (e.g. photos)

--Route, Route, etc. etc.


IV. What RILO A/P can do

Hub of Liaison between Members

: Functions as a focal point of information

exchange between Members

Global

ICPO

UNDCP

RILO

RILO

Member

“A” “A”

WCO

RILO A/P

RILO

RILO

Member

“B”

Other

Organizations

RILO

RILO

Member

“C” “C”

Other

RILOs

A/P region

RILO

RILO

Member

Member

“X” “X”

RILO

RILO

Member

Member

“Y” “Y”


Assistance request & Information

Exchange through RILO A/P

(Period: 1 Jan -30 Sep 2004)

Request for Assistance: A total

A total of 92 cases

- Incoming Correspondence: 151

- Outgoing Correspondence: 158

Request for Assistance: A t

A total of 32 cases

- Incoming Correspondence: 127

- Outgoing correspondence: 121

Successful cases made by Members:

- 3 cases of drug smuggling

- 1 case of cigarette (9.77 mil sticks)


What RILO A/P can do

Conducts Joint Projects:

Coordinate Information exchanges on

suspicious shipments / passengers

Initiated “Project Crocodile” for Anti-

cigarette smuggling (1 Aug 2004)

- Monitor suspicious shipment through

pre-notification

- 227 pre-notifications were made


What RILO A/P can do

Collect, analysis & disseminate Intelligence:

: Priority areas of analysis are based on

Members needs

: thus RILO A/P needs more seizures data

from Members to the CEN for more useful

intelligence production


What RILO A/P can do

Technical Assistance:

Expert mission to Members;

Hosting regional r

seminars; and

On-the-job Training at RILO A/P.


V. Conclusion

Intelligence work is like doing a

Jigsaw of criminal activities

Multiple Members have different

‘pieces’ of intelligence.


Conclusion

Concentrating ‘pieces’ at RILO A/P will bring

benefit not only to RILO but also to Members.


Thank you very much for

your kind attention!

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