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Container Security Task Force

Established: November 2005

Coordinator: Hellenic Republic



The 10th meeting of the Container Security Task Force, 29 November 2018, Bucharest/Romania


The 9th Meeting of the Container Security Task Force, 15 November 2016, Bucharest/Romania


8th Meeting of the Container Security Task Force, 21 April 2015, Bucharest/ Romania


7th Meeting of the Container Security Task Force, 25 April 2013, Bucharest/ Romania


Container Security Task Force Meeting


Debriefing Meeting on the Operation KALKAN

Commodities Identification Training provided by U.S. Department of Energy took place in September 2010, attended by representatives of SECI Center.


5th Task Force Meeting on Container Security, 13-14 October, Athens, Greece

Demonstrative training, organized together with the International Non Proliferation export Control Program of U.S. Department of Energy, having as topic Nuclear Weapons, Biological Equipment, Biological Weapons Agents and Toxins, Missile Technology and Chemical Weapons

4 international meetings and activities

Study visit in the Port of Rotterdam
Container Security Training

Regional Operations

Operation PANDORA - international multi commodity customs action, aiming containerized shipments originating in Asian countries

Project KALKAN - trilateral Black Sea countries project, involving Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria, with Ukraine as observer country


4th Task Force Meeting on Container Security, 6-7 October, Thessaloniki, Greece

Tax Customs Administration of the Netherlands became strategic partner of SECI Center on container security related issues

Assessment report on Container Security


The Container Security Task Force represents a multiple dimension structure, combining customs enforcement expertise and concrete regional strategy (policy or action plan) for setting up safety and security standards in incoming, transiting and departing containerized shipments in SEE territory. These standards regularly updated and upgraded, offer a solid modern platform for the SECI Center customs and border agencies in encountering and intercepting high risk container cargos.

The C.S.T.F was approved by the SECI Center JCC in November 2005 and became operational the following year. The task-force project is coordinated by the Hellenic Customs and Excise Duties Administration.

Providing know how, modern modus operandi guidance in a regional comprehension approach, the task force aims to support the SECI Center member customs and other competent law enforcement authorities, to deter and prevent a huge spectrum of prohibited elements and activities threatening the public health, the life of the citizens, the environment, the national and regional safety and security.

The above mentioned project relates to cargos submitted to risk analysis and risk information regarding possible implications for the regional security such as WMD, explosives, dual use goods, components and material transported under suspicious circumstances that can be used for terrorist or criminal purposes etc.

C.S.T.F additionally aims to seal the SEE financial perimeter, and protect the national revenue of the SECI Center member states.

To achieve its goals, the T.F organizes two standard types of large, regional scale Operations, conducting also occasionally joint Customs Operations in limited scale. Moreover the C.S. project focuses on providing permanent training and seminars. Thus, container security experts from all the SECI Center member states have, on regular base, the opportunity to upgrade their professional skills and capabilities. Another tool for closing gaps, due to regional vulnerability, is the every two years assessment processes in container security.

Since June 2008, the Tax-Customs Administration of the Netherlands (observer to the SECI Center) became strategic partner of the SECI Center on container security related issues. Common projects were developed in order to enhance the effectiveness of the customs administrations in the region.