UNODC conducted a training on 16-17 February 2020, aiming to familiarize the Port Control Unit PCU/ACCU members with IEDs and dual use chemicals, which is mainly used in producing of such devices. Illicit trade of IED precursors is a security threat both nationally and internationally and an increasing challenge for Customs administrations across the globe. The possibility of sensitive smuggling of illicit trafficking of precursors and drugs ending up with extremists and radicalized non-state actors not only threatens the rule of law but also jeopardizes the well-being of our society and the citizens, many chemicals can be used to manufacture explosive devices.

PCU/ACCU members efforts should be concentrated on combating the diversion and trafficking of precursor chemicals that pose the greatest risk to the public in terms of explosive potential and of their predominance of use by subversive criminal elements.

PCU/ACCU members also received practical training on Thermo Scientific First Defender RMX and HazmatID 360, these machines will help PCU/ACCU members to quickly identify unknown solid and liquid chemicals down range including explosives, industrial chemicals, chemical weapons, narcotics, precursors, white powders etcetera, in this training 20 customs officers participated from all PCU/ACCUs.