Kyrgyz Customs officers learn Best Practices in the Container Control

In August 2016, UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia organized a study visit for officials from the State Customs Service under the Government of Kyrgyz Republic to the Republic of Poland. The objective was to familiarize recently trained Kyrgyz officers with the methodologies applied by experienced risk profiling units in the European Union. The mission was supported by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Customs Department of the Ministry of Finance of Poland under the framework of the UNODC-WCO Global Container Control Programme.

The Kyrgyz delegation headed by the Deputy Chairman of the Kyrgyz State Customs Service visited Customs Department Headquarters in Warsaw, Customs Training Academy, and Customs Chamber in Biala-Podlaska as well as Customs branches of Terespol, Malaszewicze and Koroszczyn at Polish-Belarusian border.

This study visit provided the Government officials with the unique opportunity to learn firsthand from experienced law enforcement officials (container profilers) the different working techniques and compare them to their homeport. In particular, Polish Customs Service's experience risk analysis, cargo profiling and inspection techniques, electronic service that enables customers to reserve the date and time for export services in advance were of interest to the Kyrgyz delegation. The study visit enabled Kyrgyz officials to acquire new skills and experiences, which they can apply in their daily practice.

The donors for the CCP Regional Segment are the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program as well as the Government of Japan.