Under the scheme which ran from April 2000 until December last year when the High Court made its ruling, drivers and freight operators faced a £2,000 fine for each stowaway found in their vehicles.
The shell-shocked stowaway was discovered running around the immigration detention centre at Manchester Airport after a flight from Jamaica.
Authorities in the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro found a stowaway in a well-appointed container, fitted out with a bed, toilet, heater and water.
He soon finds himself sailing away from the port in the Melissa, one of the worlds most luxurious cruise ships, not as a stowaway but as a legitimate passenger.
Company bosses expressed surprise after three stowaways were found under the carriage of a train.
He said that the equipment - used to spot people hidden in lorries - was also needed at the Frethun rail freight yard, near Calais, because trains are also used by stowaways .
Many of the drivers complain that they had no reason to suspect their vehicles contained stowaways , and that they are being used as unpaid immigration officials.
Some 15 stowaways from India and Vietnam were found on-board a Finnish freighter that docked at Finland's eastern port of Hamina today, the police said.
In 1993 a Greek captain found African stowaways on board and flung them into the sea.
Both of them went to Seoul as stowaways on a train.