Opening of a new Joint Port Control Unit (JPCU) in Aqina, Afghanistan:

The sixth inter-agency Joint Port Control Unit (JPCU) was officially opened in Aqina, Afghanistan on 19 December 2018. The unit is located in the Aqina Customs bordering the Republic of Turkmenistan.

The opening ceremony was attended by a multiagency delegation led by Mr. Chary Atayev, National Programme Coordinator from UNODC Turkmenistan and Mr. Farrukh Sharifzada Programme Associate UNODC COAFG. In his opening speech, Aqina Customs Director emphasized the importance of JPCU as an enforcement structure to strengthen domestic and cross-border exchange of information in an aim to prevent smuggling and diversion in illicit commodities.

The JPCU office in Aqina is equipped with furniture, air-conditioning, computers and equipment for communication and profiling purposes.

The Afghan Joint Port Control Units are interagency offices each composed of total of six officers representing the Afghan Border Police (ABP), Afghan Customs Department (ACD) and Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA).

The JPCU office in Aqina is established under the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme with funding provided by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).