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BIR renews campaign against container crime gangs

Recyclers around the world have been urged to help international efforts to combat theft and fraud involving freight and containers.

The call came from Robert Voss, chairman of the international trade council of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), at the organisation’s latest convention.

Voss told delegates in Warsaw that, ironically, theft from containers was probably “the only area of growth” being reported at the event. He said the gangs carrying it out were very well organised.

“One of the problems we are facing is that we don’t know the size of the issue,” he said, although the findings of a BIR questionnaire three years earlier had been both “fascinating and frightening”.

He said the exercise would be repeated shortly and BIR members were urged to complete the confidential document as accurately as possible.

“Until we know the size of the problem we don’t know how to take it forward or in which areas of the world to seek the assistance of the authorities,” he added.

Voss also called on BIR members to work closely with the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in reporting theft. IMB is a non-profit making organisation established in 1981 to act as a focal point in the fight against all types of maritime crime and malpractice.

Greater success against criminals, Voss added, would help reduce insurance premiums: “The last thing we need is additional costs.”

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