The Abu Dhabi General Administration of Customs will be the first customs administration from the Middle East to participate in the International Cargo Targeting Fellowship Program of Customs and Border Protection as part of an agreement signed April 20 by the two agencies.
CBP Commissioner Alan D. Bersin hosted Abu Dhabi General Administration of Customs Director General Saeed Al Muhairi at CBP's Washington, D.C., headquarters to formalize the accord, which allows for the assignment of an Abu Dhabi customs liaison officer to the CBP National Targeting Center-Cargo and a CBP liaison officer to Abu Dhabi General Administration of Customs. These officers will facilitate the exchange of information between the two customs agencies to benefit law enforcement and expedite lawful commerce.
In his comments prior to the signing, Bersin commended the Abu Dhabi officials for "your foresight, your vision in recognizing the potential of this agreement." The explosive devices discovered in cargo originating in Yemen last October "demonstrated why it is so important for your nation and our nation to begin to cooperate in this way," added Bersin.
The NTC-C first welcomed foreign customs participants to the fellowship program in 2007. Representatives from Japan, the European Union and Mexico have since served as liaisons in the program.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.