Measure Implementation

Is this measure possible in your Member State under International Judicial Cooperation?

Yes, it’s an investigative technique that allows specific consignments of illicit drugs or other controlled substances to pass through the territory of the UK, the objective of which is to identify those persons involved in a transaction. Such requests can be executed via police co-operation.

Legal Framework

International legal framework applicable for this measure in your Member State

Article 11 of the 1988 UN Convention Article 22 of the Convention on Mutual Assistance And Cooperation Between Customs Administrations Article 12 of the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European Union

Competent Authority

* receive the request/decision for judicial cooperation

* receive the request/decision for judicial cooperation HMRC International Mutual Legal Assistance Team Custom House Annex 32 St Mary at Hill London EC3R 8DY National Crime Agency Border Policing Command, International Crime Team, Heathrow, PO Box 58344 London NW1W 9JH 0208 910 3551 Oncall 07823 371810 NCA ICT should be sighted on all requests and if deemed inappropriate for the Agency, they will try and seek a partner to adopt the delivery through MOU’s and inter-agency cooperation. NCA ICT will still arrange any logistics, transportation and liaison with UKBF. * execute/recognise the measure (if other than the receiving authority) If the request is accepted, the central authority will refer it to the relevant law enforcement agency.

Accepted languages

Accepted languages for the request/decision

All requests should be in English. If an English translation is not provided, is incomplete, or is not carried out to a high professional standard, the request will be sent back to the requesting authority.

Execution deadline

Deadlines for the execution of the request/decision (where applicable)


Concise legal practical information

Special requirements

a. Special requirements There is no specific legislation on controlled deliveries in the UK b. Other useful information Such requests can be executed via police co-operation Controlled deliveries will be directed and monitored by the relevant UK law enforcement agency A comprehensive background detailing the illegal commodity, quantity and destination will be a minimum requirement. The link below gives information for competent authorities abroad about obtaining evidence within the UK (or abroad) to assist in criminal investigations or proceedings:

Last reviewed on 29 July 2022 by EJN Secretariat


  • Joint investigation teams (B.1)
  • B.1 Joint investigation teams

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