UNODC -WCO Global Container Control Programme continues scaling up to air cargo control in Uzbekistan

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Central Asia has conducted an onsite national practical basic-2 training for Air Cargo Control Unit (ACCU) to strengthen the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the officers from the relevant competent agencies in profiling air cargo flows, as well as using modern techniques for Customs control on 11 till 22 October 2021.

Led by WCO international experts, the training was meant for officers of a new Air Cargo Control Unit which is to be established at Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport in Uzbekistan under the UNODC – World Customs Organization (WCO) Global Container Control Programme (CCP).

Mr. Batyr Geldiyev, UNODC-WCO CCP Regional Programme Coordinator stated that this training is being provided as one in the series of CCP’s stepwise capacity development activities and will add to further institutionalization of the Air Cargo Control Unit being formalized in collaboration with the Government of Uzbekistan.

Eight officials, including representatives of the National Information-Analytical Center on Drug Control under the Cabinet of Ministers, officers from the State Customs Committee’s (SCC) Head Office, as well as the Aviagruzy Customs Post and Aviation Security Service of the Tashkent International Airport attended the training and expressed their appreciation to the high standard of the training conducted.

“The practical exercises proved to be very beneficial. It made us understand that our future responsibilities within the ACCU would include dealing with various types of consignments”, noted one of the training participants.

The training has been a continuation of Online Basic Training on Air Cargo Component (Phase 1) organized for the officers from the SCC of Uzbekistan and the Aviation Security Service of Tashkent International Airport in October 2020.  Two-day class-room refresher sessions – included practical exercises at Aviagruzy Customs Post on profiling air cargo and supporting documentation for legitimate goods, chemicals, strategic trade control items.    

During the practical part of the training sessions, participant obtained core skills on profiling and targeting, aerodrome safety, how to work with chemicals, record keeping, long-term targeting and abandoned shipments and concealment methods reviewed. Practical sessions envisaged the full engagement of participants in all process of registration goods, documents check, risky freights examination and shipment.

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 Program (EXBS).


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