5 departments (Department of Commerce, Department of the Treasury, Department of Justice, Department of State and the US Department of Homeland Security) have issued an interesting Alert on best security and compliance practices for the transportation of goods by sea and other means of transportation.
You can read the full text here.
The document provides various so-called red flags (for example, manipulation of locations, falsification of documents, pumping on the high seas (ship-to-ship transfer)) as well as examples of criminal and civil prosecution for illegal transportation of goods. Including one criminal case from September 2023 and many other examples.
“To avoid potentially illegal behavior, individuals and entities directly involved in and facilitating the global movement of goods – organizations such as ship owners, charterers, exporters, managers, brokers, shipping companies, freight companies, freight forwarders, commodity traders and financial institutions — must be responsible for assessing their risk profile and implementing rigorous, risk-based internal compliance programs.” – it is written in the document.