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Abu Dhabi Customs, CBP to Cooperate on Cargo Targeting

Release Date: 
April 22, 2011

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.

Representatives from CBP and Abu Dhabi customs sign an agreement to share information on cargo security.

Agreeing to work together on cargo customs enforcement are, seated from left: Charles Stallworth, acting assistant commissioner for CBP's international affairs; CBP Commissioner Alan D. Bersin; Abu Dhabi General Administration of Customs Director General Saeed Al Muhairi. Standing from left: Abu Dhabi Customs Liaison Officer Abdulla Al Mehiairi and Bryant McCray, acting director, Middle East division, CBP international affairs.

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.

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February 8, 2017