Port Control Units in Uzbekistan Receive Equipment to Enhance Profiling of High-Risk Consignment

13 November 2019, Tashkent, Uzbekistan - UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia handed over active equipment and consumables of the specialized automated plate reading systems to the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan as a part of the UNODC - the World Customs Organization (WCO) Global Container Control Programme (CCP).

"I strongly believe that today's transfer of equipment to the border customs posts of Alat and Yallama will serve to strengthen the capacity of customs authorities, accelerate customs procedures, and identify high risk consignment" - highlighted Mr. Ramil Kontyukov, Deputy Chief of Department on Risk Management and Analysis of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The equipment is to be installed at the "Alat" and "Yallama" Customs posts in order to improve the operations of new Port Control Units in Uzbekistan.

"I am confident that this equipment will support proper registration/verification of cargo trucks and passenger vehicles and its database will be used for profiling of suspicious transportation means and high-risk consignments." - noted Ms. Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia when signing the handover documents.

In 2017, Uzbekistan agreed to expand the Programme by creating additional PCUs at the "Alat" and "Yallama" customs posts, and since Customs and Border Force officers from "Alat" and "Yallama" successfully participated in all stages of capacity building measures envisaged by the Programme.

"Through the operation of the Port Control Units I sincerely hope that provided equipment will serve efficiently and effectively in combatting illicit drug trafficking and counterfeit products." - noted Ms. Yoko Yamoto, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Uzbekistan.

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

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