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The United States Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) Conducts International Air Cargo Interdiction Training (IACIT) for Uzbek Officials

US CBP officer explains use of air cargo search tools and equipment

US CBP officer explains use of air cargo search tools and equipment

On August 9-13, CBP, under the auspices of the Export Control and Related Border Security Program (EXBS), conducted training on air cargo inspection techniques and methodologies at JFK International Airport in New York City. 

Trainers from the U.S. CBP conducted the IACIT for officers of the State Customs and Border Protection Committees and Aviation Security Services of Uzbekistan in order to share the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out effective inspection and detection, as well as cargo and passenger processing, at international airports. 

Specific emphasis was placed on the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and WMD components and delivery systems.  Participants from the following agencies were involved: State Committee for Border Protection, State Customs Committee, Aviation Security Service of Navoi International Airport, and Specified Customs Point “Tashkent-AERO.”

The training was comprised of classroom and practical training covering a wide range of enforcement topics in the air cargo environment.  Topics included: export and import operations, outbound inspections, targeting strategy, document analysis, contraband discovery, anti-terrorism and weapons of mass effect, canine enforcement, air cargo concealment, and aircraft search procedures.

Classroom presentations were supplemented by practical exercises, during which the participants were able to apply learned methods in a genuine operating environment. The trainees took part in an aircraft search conducted by CBP officers, discussed similarities in K9 inspection and training techniques, and assisted in document analysis of military cargo freight.