U.S. Embassy Conducts Seaport Interdiction Training

Colombo, August 8:  The U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program trained 18 Customs and Coast Guard Officials from Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, and Bangladesh in seaport interdiction from July 31, 2017 to August 4, 2017.  The training was conducted in Colombo and coordinated by EXBS.

Participants learned cutting-edge inspection and detection techniques for all types of contraband and gained new skills to manage security for inbound and outbound cargo operations, assess cargo targeting and risk management, and handle hazardous cargo and materials.  The training also highlighted port security awareness related to cargo containing potential Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and improvised explosive devices and materials.

EXBS aims to prevent the proliferation of WMD and the transfer of conventional weapons that threaten regional peace and stability.  The EXBS program comprises a wide range of nonproliferation strategic trade control assistance programs, from licensing and legal/regulatory technical assistance, to provision of equipment and training for seaport, border control, and law enforcement officials.