Islamic Republic of Iran

UNODC organizing Air Cargo training for Iranian Customs and Police Officers

Figure 1: Customs and Police Personnel trained on Air Cargo Security and Safety- Theoretical sessions

UNODC Iran coordinated and organized a joint training with support of UNODC Global Air Cargo Programme and World Customs Organization (WCO) in Tehran on 29 January to 02 February for 25 Customs and Anti-Narcotics Police Officers on Air Cargo safety and security.


With generous contribution of the government of Japan UNODC Iran organized the training workshop with support of Drug Control Headquarters (DCHQ) and Customs Administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran aiming at strengthening the capacity of Customs and Anti-Narcotics officers active in major Iranian international airports cargo department on a variety of subjects including (i) Interagency cooperation and information exchange; (ii) Risk indicators, profiling and selection of shipments; (iii) Smuggling techniques / concealments; (iv) Controlled deliveries; (v) Aerodrome safety; and (vi) Handling of evidence.

This training included a three-day theoretical session, followed by two days of practical training at the Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) and the Mehrabad airport. The field training at the IKIA included a visit from import, export, national post and express post departments.

During the first day of the practical session at the post department of the Imam Khomeini International Airport, the customs officer working at the station showed the participants of the workshop a suspicious parcel with all the risk indicators previously taught during the theoretical sessions. The x-ray of the parcel also added to the findings of the profiling which lead to further inspection of the parcel and seizure of opium concealed in two packs of nuts.

Figure 2: Practical sessions at IKIA Airport

This training workshop was conducted based on the needs assessment of UNODC on Iranian customs training requirements. The Education and Capacity Building Department of the Iranian Customs fund the training useful and requested for further training opportunities through UNODC.