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US and Egypt Coordinate to Offer Training to Yemen Customs Authority Personnel

June 27, 2013

Cairo - Through close coordination with the Government of Egypt and the Egyptian Customs Authority (ECA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Transportation Security Administration conducted an International Air Cargo Interdiction Training course for members of the Yemeni Customs Authority from June 23 until 27.

During the course, which was conducted in Cairo, instructors demonstrated a variety of air cargo inspection techniques and methodologies and discussed with participants the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out effective inspection and detection, cargo and passenger processing, and eventual prosecution of illegal contraband and its traffickers in an international airport environment.

In addition to the 18 participants from Yemen, the training event was attended by numerous observers from the Egyptian Customs Authority. The sharing of insight and best practices in a regional setting will serve to increase the ability of both Yemeni and Egyptian authorities to protect their mutual interests and respective homelands while fostering the legitimate commerce that is vital to their economies.

The event was organized by the offices of the Department of Homeland Security Attaché's from the United States Embassies in Cairo and Sanaa, graciously hosted and supported by the Government of Egypt and the ECA, and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's (DoS) Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program.

The EXBS program seeks to assist governments as they develop and strengthen strategic trade and border control systems that meet international standards.