OECD says containers a terror risk

OECD says containers a terror risk

Ocean containers remain at risk of a terror attack and government and transport authorities must improve security, especially at inland locations, according to an OECD report.

Terrorists could intercept a legitimate consignment and tamper with it, or develop legitimate trading identities to ship dangerous goods in a "Trojan horse" scenario, said the report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Conference of Ministers of Transport. The report was released May 27.

"Though security on ships and at ports has been strengthened in recent years, little has been done to address inland security risks relating to cargo containers," the OECD said in a statement.

It recommended better coordination among transport authorities, customs officials and police forces.

The report also suggested shippers help to establish and follow clear container packing and sealing protocols, and create a clear, auditable trail for all containers.

Containers should be sealed with a high-security mechanical seal and security should be increased in vulnerable areas such as rail yards, road stops and loading facilities, it added.

Security measures should not unduly slow down or block the flow of goods nationally and internationally, the report said.