Uzbekistan, UNODC, the UK's National Crime Agency Strengthen Partnership on Container Control

Dover, 24-29 March - UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia in partnership with the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency (UK NCA) organized a specialized practical training on profiling high-risk consignments, as well as search techniques of cargo/container trucks and passenger cars for the officers of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan at the British Border Force Skills Academy from 24-29 March 2018 in Dover, United Kingdom. The event is a part of ongoing cooperation between "UNODC - World Customs Organization Global Container Control Programme (CCP)".

During the training, British experts shared their experience and best practices in profiling of high-risk consignments, effective targeting system of freight/container and passenger vehicles, the latest and sophisticated concealment methods of drugs/cigarettes/weapons/cash, as well as modern software and tools of customs control with Uzbek colleagues. In addition, the delegation of Uzbekistan had an opportunity to participate in rummage exercise of freight and passenger vehicles in practice. These means of transportation were seized earlier as a part of Customs offenses, and serve as real examples for training purposes.

The training provided an excellent opportunity for Uzbek officials to further improve their knowledge and skills, as well as strengthen practical cooperation between UK National Crime Agency and Uzbek Customs.

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 (EXBS) Program.