Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) project initiated

Illegal Shipment

December 2013

The Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) project aims to provide a set of recommendations to support the European Commission, law enforcement authorities, and customs organisations, in countering the illegal trade of eWaste in and from Europe.

The CWIT project will;

  • analyse the involvement of organised crime in the global distribution of WEEE;
  • analyse criminal activity and crime types associated with illegal WEEE shipments, draw on other work being carried out targeting illegal e-waste exports on an international scale;
  • estimate the true volume of WEEE generated and the amounts inappropriately disposed of;
  • assess the typology of companies (and brokers) involved in the export market and identifying those with a criminal history; and
  • develop detailed understanding of the destinations and routes used to carry illegal shipments, to possibly enable contacts with regulators and enforcers in destination countries.

Source: Perchards/Sagis