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BIR links with IMB over fraud and theft from containers

Global – In an effort to reduce losses from container shipments for its member companies, world recycling body BIR has subscribed to the services of the London-based International Maritime Bureau (IMB) for an initial trial period until June 2013. The IMB is one of three bureaux forming Commercial Crime Services, the anti-crime unit of the International Chamber of Commerce world business organisation.

The IMB will collate incidents experienced by BIR members which relate to container shipments – in particular fraud and theft. ‘€˜The timely sharing of such information has been extremely effective in reducing risk in other membership sectors of the IMB such as trade, finance, banking and shipping,’€™ states the BIR. ‘€˜Once reports have been verified and recorded, details will be available to BIR members upon checking. Any information passed to the IMB will be treated in strict confidence and the anonymity of the BIR member maintained.’€™ The IMB will circulate warnings/alerts in some cases, it adds.

The BIR secretariat is requesting all its members to forward reports of fraud and theft from container shipments to the IMB (marked for the attention of the Director and identifying themselves as BIR members), with a copy to the BIR office. Reports to the IMB should consist of a short summary and supporting documentation.

The IMB can be contacted via: Tel: +44 (0)20 7423 6960, Fax: +44 (0)20 7160 5249, E-mail: [email protected]       


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