Strategic Trade Control Enforcement (STCE) Programme

Strategic goods encompass weapons of mass destruction (WMD), conventio­nal weapons and their means of delivery as well as the substances and related material which could be used for the design, development, production or use of such weapons.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (UNSCR 1540), adopted in 2004 to prevent illicit trafficking and use of WMD and their means of delivery, and related items, focuses on the need to develop and maintain appropriate and effective border, export, transit and transshipment controls. Despite the importance of combating illi­cit trafficking in strategic commodities and Customs’ role as the first and last line of defense at the national level, this remains a particularly challenging topic for Customs.

To address this challenge, the WCO has taken a number of measures.

In 2016, the STCE ad-hoc project had turned into a long term STCE programme. With the advancement of the programme, it now focuses on 6 fundamental areas:

  1. Organization of STCE Train-the-Trainer workshops for accreditation of experts.
  2. Delivering STCE trainings based on the WCO Training Curriculum.
  3. Operation of the STRATComm communication platform on 24/7/365 basis and the further development of the system.
  4. Organization of further STCE-related law enforcement operational exercises.
  5. Enhancement of industry outreach at the global and national level.
  6. Development of STCE seizures reporting in the CEN System.

The STCE Programme is building on the achievements of the STCE project, which started back in 2013. These achievements include:

  1. The organization of awareness-raising seminars;   
  2. The production of a comprehensive STCE training curriculum for Customs; and
  3. The co-ordination of a global STCE law enforcement operation (Cosmo).

As a part of the STCE Project, the WCO drafted a comprehensive STCE Implemen­tation Guide to assist its Members in developing, reviewing, and implementation of their STCE processes and procedures, and to provide a framework for the training curriculum.