Supporting the Port Control Units in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan during COVID-19 period

UNODC Regional Officer for Central Asia delivered personal protective equipment including protective masks and antiseptics in response to the requests from State Customs Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and Drug Control Agency of under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan under UNODC and World Customs Organization Global Container Control Programme (CCP) to support frontline officers including the Port Control Units’ members during COVID-19 period.

The CCP builds local capacity of relevant law enforcement agencies so that the trained officials can conduct risk-based assessment of cargoes/containers on selected sea, dry and airports along the trade routes in the region. Establishing, equipping and training officials in dedicated container profiling units (Port Control Units-PCUs) is at the core of the programme. After the completion of four-phased training, follow-on mentorships are arranged and monitoring visits to the established units are conducted.

The trained officials are part of the global network of container profilers linked in the WCO ContainerCOMM information sharing system and also participate in regional and international operational exercises.

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