UNODC-WCO Global Container Control Programme Strengthens Practical Skills of Customs Officers at Turkmenbashy International Seaport

UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia conducted a two-week practical training course for sixteen officers of the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan under the UNODC-World Customs Organization (WCO) Global Container Control Programme from 05 to 16 November 2018 in Turkmenbashy International Seaport. The training is a follow up to theoretical training conducted in June 2018 in Turkmenbashy city and focused on profiling, selection and inspection techniques of high-risk consignments in real work environment at the seaport.

The training aimed at enhancing the capacity of the Port Control Units (PCU) established under CCP at International Seaport in Turkmenbashy and International Customs Terminal in Ashgabat, and strengthening practical skills of Customs officers working at the PCUs. Earlier this year, on 24 May, UNODC and the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan opened a dedicated Port Control Unit in a newly constructed International Sea Port in Turkmenbashy.

Experienced WCO trainers shared their knowledge and experience on profiling and risk analysis in practice, import-transit-export operations, containers selection and inspection, using open source information and WCO ContainerComm secure communication tool, seals manipulation, pre-arrival information, regional cooperation and cooperation with private sector.

During the training Mr. Batyr Geldiyev, UNODC Regional Programme Coordinator, expressed the gratitude to the Government of Turkmenistan and the State Customs Service for providing excellent facilities for practical training in Turkmenbashy International Seaport and encouraged PCU team to produce results in terms of seizures and strengthen practical cooperation with other PCUs in the region.

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. 

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