Strengthening Practical Skills of the Port Control Units' Members in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia conducted mentorship programmes for the officers of the State Customs Committee and the Border Force of the State Security Service of the Republic of Uzbekistan from 4 to 8 November 2019, and the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan from 11 to 14 November 2019 under the UNODC and the World Customs Organization Container Control Programme (CCP).

The purpose of the training was to strengthen theoretical and practical skills of the Port Control Unit (PCU) members in profiling and inspection of containerized cargo, as well as the use of modern customs techniques. UNODC and WCO experts acted as mentors for the training.

In Uzbekistan, eleven officers from the State Customs Committee and the Border Force of the State Security Service, Port Control Units (PCU) members participated in the mentorship at the Customs post "Chukursay Tekhkontora" and the "Alat". Customs post In Turkmenistan, eleven officers of the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan, PCU members undertook on-site training in Ashgabat International Terminal and Turkmenbashy International Seaport.

Under the mentor's guidance, the training provided an excellent opportunity for PCU teams to develop necessary recommendations for PCU operations during profiling high-risk consignments, analyzing live shipping documents, as well as selecting and inspecting vehicles and containers. A special focus was paid to a regional practical cooperation among CCP participating countries on identifying and suppressing high risk consignments using secure communication tool ContainerComm.

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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