Opening of the first inter-agency Joint Port Control Unit of the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme in Afghanistan 

On Wednesday, 10 December 2014 the first inter-agency Joint Port Control Unit (JPCU) of the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP) in Afghanistan was officially opened. The office of the JPCU is located in the premises of the Afghanistan Customs Department in Kabul and is equipped with newest information exchange and communication technology, including a multilingual communication platform. 

The Enforcement Director of the Afghanistan Customs Department, Mr. Khaliqullah, formally opened the office, stressing in his opening address that the JPCU would serve to develop intelligence and strengthen inter-agency cooperation on a national, regional and international level. The opening ceremony was attended by all members of the JPCU Kabul, senior officials from the Afghan Border Police (ABP), Afghanistan Customs (ACD) and Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA). Due to security concerns currently prevalent in Afghanistan, international counterparts were unable to participate in the event.

The Deputy Finance Minister Customs & Revenue, Mr. Gul Maqsood Sabit and the Director General of Customs, Mr. Najibullah Wardak, congratulated UNODC and the World Customs Organization (WCO) to the opening of the JPCU and thanked the two organizations for their efforts with regard to the implementation of the CCP in Afghanistan. 

The Container Control Programme is a global initiative, jointly run by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Customs Organization. It aims at creating inter-agency 'Joint Port Control Units' with its members becoming experts in profiling high risk containers. All members of the Kabul JPCU have completed a WCO training workshop in Baku, Azerbaijan and successfully participated in practical exercises in the Afghanistan National Customs Academy (ANCA) in November 2014.   

Under the framework of the CCP it is intended to create more units in Hairatan/Mazar-e-Sharif (border to Uzbekistan), Shirkhan Bandar (border to Tajikistan) and in Jalalabad/Torkham (bordering Pakistan).

UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP) activities in Afghanistan are conducted with funding provided by the United States of America.