Europol Reveals How Organized Crime Infiltrates Major European Ports

Europol has released a joint analysis report examining the risks and challenges posed by criminal networks in EU ports, highlighting the increasing focus of criminal organizations on major logistical hubs, such as ports, in their quest for growing profits and expanding their illegal activities.

The report, conducted in collaboration with the Security Steering Committee of the ports of Antwerp, Hamburg/Bremerhaven and Rotterdam, sheds light on the use of misappropriated container reference codes, also known as PIN code fraud, as a growing trend among criminal networks to extract illicit goods from ports. The report also highlights the coordination of local networks of corrupted port insiders as a key tactic for the infiltration of ports.


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