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The precursor chemical trade environment in Oceania

Research and public policy series no. 96

Rob McCusker
ISBN 978 1 921185 94 6 ISSN 1326-6004
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology; November 2008


This report describes the manufacture and use of, and trade in, chemicals that can be used to produce illicit drugs - precursor chemicals - in Oceania; explores border management and control of precursor chemicals; and analyses legislation and regional capacity to respond.

There is little to suggest routine, or even infrequent, use of precursor chemicals in the Oceania region. The region nevertheless is vulnerable. The report identifies factors that impede strategies to counter diversion of chemicals to illicit uses and that thus render the region open to transshipment of precursor chemicals and incursion of transnational drug crime.