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Trade Based Money Laundering Webinar

Trade Based Money Laundering Webinar

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Trade Based Money Laundering Webinar

Poster on Trade based Money laundering


During the COVID pandemic, several governments in the Southern African region introduced lockdown measures. To take advantage of the work from home modalities and travel restrictions that had been put in place, in May 2020 UNODC Southern Africa, started engaging the ARINSA family to take online money laundering courses. As a result UNODC has been running several e-learning courses via the ARINSA website and this will likely continue into the foreseeable future. During each month focus was given to specific topics. The focus for the month of May was “Introduction to Money Laundering”. In the month of July, the focus was on “Financial Investigations: Search and Seizures”. During the month of August, the focus was on “prosecuting money laundering and asset forfeiture cases”. The month of September has been reserved for the judiciary.

In addition to these courses and based on the priorities set by the ARINSA countries, UNODC will run a Trade-Based Money Laundering e-Training from 19- 20 October 2020. 

The e-training is intended to be undertaken by judges and magistrates, staff members of the FIU, customs, police, tax/revenue administrators, and other law enforcement authorities responsible for money laundering investigations.   It comprises of six (6) sessions that are covered in a two and a half day live webinar.


The objectives and the agenda of the webinar are outlined  in the table on the following pages. 

UNODC kindly requests all contact points, heads of departments and colleagues to spread this message to all relevant stakeholders within the asset forfeiture space to avail themselves to take this course.

We hope that you will enrol and be able to enjoy, and benefit from this course.




ARINSA Platform – Live Webinars (no recording will be available)

Invitation link will be sent to the registered participants



   Monday 12th October


Monday 19th October 2020 09:00 – 12:30 AM SAST

Tuesday 20th October 2020 09:00 – 12:30 AM SAST


Day 1: 180 min, 3 sessions with two 10-minute breaks
Day 2: 180 min, 3 sessions with two 10-minute breaks


The webinar will be held in ENGLISH.
No simultaneous interpretation will be provided.


Participants from competent authorities will raise their awareness about: 

o   TBML as one of the most complicated money laundering typologies;

o   most common TBML techniques;

o   commonalities & difference between TBML and customs crimes;

o   counterparts in TBML investigations within the public and private sectors;

o   value of a financial investigation for the identification of previously unknown facts, persons and entities;

o   TBML techniques for non-ML purposes.

The webinar features interaction with participants through chat, quizzes, feedback forms, and live questions. The webinar provides the main concepts of TBML.


Day 1

09:00 – 10:00

Session 1. Introduction into money laundering

In this session, participants will learn and understand the elements of a money-laundering offence and, among others, the concept of a predicate offence. This understanding is essential for the ability of law enforcement and criminal justice authorities to go beyond primary criminal act charges, and, by applying widest possible prosecution toolset, go after the proceeds of crime.

10:00 – 10:10


10:10 – 11:10

Session 2. Financial investigations

In this session, participants will learn the value of the "follow the money" approach. Financial investigations are instrumental for the purposes of:

       i.            identifying the extent of criminal networks;

       ii.           tracing the proceeds of crime or any other assets that are, or may become, subject to confiscation;

      iii.            and developing evidence which can be used in criminal proceedings.


11:10 – 11:20


11:20 – 12:30

Session 3. Basic TBML techniques

In this session, participants will familiarise themselves with the most common techniques used to launder money through trade. Participants will also learn what are the differences between TBML and customs crimes.

   Day 2

09:00 – 10:00

Session 4. National cooperation

TBML schemes exploit vulnerabilities of both trade and financial systems. Hence, effective detection of TBML requires the use of both financial and trade data. This data, however, is usually collected, stored and processed by different authorities, which might not always have mechanisms or will to exchange information between themselves. In this session, participants will learn about effective cooperation and exchange of information mechanisms at a national level for TBML investigation purposes.

10:00 – 10:10


10:10 – 11:10

Session 5. International cooperation

Since TBML schemes seek to explore and abuse vulnerabilities of the international trade system, the absence of effective international cooperation, particularly related to the exchange of information between FIUs and Customs. In this session, participants will learn about the primary tools for international cooperation available to various competent authorities, and how to effectively use them for TBML investigations.

11:10 – 11:20


11:20 – 12:30

Session 6. TBML techniques for non-ML purposes

Techniques used for laundering money through trade may be used for other purposes than TBML. In this session, participants will learn for what other purposes perpetrators may resort to the techniques indicative of TBML, and how to differentiate those from TBML.


The webinar is particularly recommended for the following competent authorities:

o   FIU (analysis)

o   Customs (risk analysis and post-audit)

o   Police (criminal and financial investigations)

o   Public prosecutors

o   Tax/Revenue administrations (tax analysis and tax auditors)

o   Other law enforcement authorities responsible for money laundering investigations

o   Judges (optional)

Each registered participant will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to connect to the webinar and its rules of engagement. Upon successful completion of the webinar and the final quiz, a participant will receive a digital certificate.


In order to register for this e-learning course participants need to be a part of the ARINSA website platform. ARINSA website membership application forms can be obtained from Upon completion, forms must be scanned and sent to Yeukai and copying, for registration. Kindly note that only typed or clearly hand-written (in CAPITAL LETTERS) forms are accepted. Please send an email to the above addresses in case of any challenges registering to the platform. Please Note that: Yahoo email addresses are blocking emails from our system therefore we encourage you to kindly use alternative email addresses.

Those who are already part of the ARINSA platform but have forgotten login credentials should send an email request clearly stated “forgotten password” to and copy

Upon receipt of the ARINSA website login credentials, Click this link to register:

OR follow to path below:

Learning - E-LEARNING REGISTRATION & ACCESS -Trade Based Money Laundering Webinar Registration

The link for the webinar will be emailed to all registered users towards to date of the webinar.



Yevheniy UMANETS – 


AML Adviser at the Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML)

over 12 years of professional experience in the area of anti-money laundering both nationally (Analytical Department, FIU Ukraine, and AML Policy Coordinator, Secretariat of the Government of Ukraine) and internationally (Western Union, and UNODC)

over 7 years of practical experience in implementing national and regional capacity-building programmes across Central Asia, Caucasus, West Africa, Eastern Europe, Western Balkans, Central America and the Caribbean;

4 years at diplomatic service.


Text Box:former Brazilian prosecutor with over 15 years of experience in anti-money-laundering, asset recovery and anti-corruption areas at the national and international levels;

engagement with various international organisation such as UN, World Bank, StAR initiative, Council of Europe, OECD, OSCE;

assisted numerous jurisdictions in different regions of the globe in devising their investigative and prosecutorial strategies in relation to real cases, with a view to raising the efficiency of the investigations and prosecutions;

a seasoned trainer for law enforcement and prosecutorial authorities in matters ranging from the asset recovery process, investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering, mutual legal assistance and managing seized assets. 

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