Kyrgyz and Tajik Customs Officers Participated in a Specialized Training and a Work Study Visit to the United Kingdom under the Global Container Control Programme

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) Container Control Programme (CCP) in partnership with the United Kingdom National Crime Agency (UK NCA) organized the Intensive Deep Vehicle, Freight Search and Risk Profiling Training in Dover, the UK, for six Kyrgyz State Customs Service officials, Port Control Units members (18-23 November 2019) and a work study visit to Dover seaport and Gatwick International Airport for five Tajik Customs Service officials, PCU members and representative from the Presidential Apparatus of the Republic of Tajikistan (18-22 November 2019). 

The training-course and the work study tour, generously hosted and co-funded by the UK NCA and the UK Border Force, aimed at strengthening theoretical and practical skills of Customs and PCU officers on risk management and profiling, vehicles and trucks inspection, as well as modern customs control techniques.

During the training course, the Kyrgyz participants learned to identify concealments in trucks, trailers and cars; profile, select and inspect consignments based on risk indicators and intelligence data. Experienced UK Border Force trainers shared their knowledge about border security system in UK, shared statistics on profiling and seizures cases. During practical exercises, they also demonstrated border and customs control systems for both consignments and passengers at Dover seaport.

During the work study visit, the Tajik officials had a unique opportunity to learn British best practices of the operations of the Joint Border Intelligence Units in Dover seaport and Gatwick International Airport, as well as modern control techniques to combat illicit criminal activities on the borders.

The CCP Regional Segment for Central Asia is funded by the Government of Japan and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program. 

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