Sudan, South Sudan and Djibouti have recently joined Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Somalia and Somaliland in the list of Africa’s red countries.
Countries across the globe are classified according to their security risk profiles and are either regarded as red, white or green.
This classification determines the level of security measures applicable to the countries, and includes various restrictions on the items that can be transported, as well as the screening levels packages need to be subjected to before being cleared for transportation to the EU and US. Oliver Facey, Vice President of operations for DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa explains: “A red country is considered high risk due to potential national security concerns.
“Similarly, a white country is considered to have a certain level of risk, but not as high a security risk as a red country whereas green countries, such as France, have a minimal security risk level.”
Globally, the increased concern around public safety has resulted in the intensification of security measures for transportation of goods internationally, Facey says.
He also says that businesses which trade internationally need to be aware of the security measures in place to mitigate the risk to their operations and their people.
Facey emphasises that global security breaches, such as terrorist threats and the trading of illegal substances, have resulted in the global transportation of goods being subjected to a number of security regulations, largely driven by the European Union (EU) and United States (US).
“In order to trade with the EU and US, red countries have to comply with set regulations and conditions.
“There are however certain challenges in select red African countries. For example, in Nigeria, a certain airline will be compliant with the regulations, but the country’s airport is not – which results in a package needing to be redirected so that it can undergo the required security tests and authorisations.
“In order to counteract these challenges and to assist local businesses and individuals to trade internationally, DHL Express has