Customs Administrations of 9 countries participate in WCO Workshop on Strategic Trade

The activity jointly organized with the World Customs Organization provided new tools to strengthen border security. 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

VALPARAÍSO.- The WCO Regional Workshop to develop expert trainers in the field of Strategic Trade Control Enforcement was held  at the headquarters of the National Customs Service, in Valparaiso,  from 14 to 23 February, 2017.  The Workshop was attended by representatives from 9 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Acting Director General, Mr. Javier Uribe, and the WCO Coordinator of the Strategic Trade Control Enforcement (STCE) Program, Mr. José Hugo German, opened this important Workshop, which was held in the “Luis Sanguinetti" Auditorium of the National Training Department, Valparaiso.

During seven days, the representatives from different Customs Administrations actively participated in the Workshop carried out by Chile Customs together with WCO experts who, under the STCE program, made the participants aware of the international threat posed by illicit trade of strategic products, including weapons of mass destruction (WMD), conventional weapons and related items that could be used in the development, production and use of such weapons and their supply systems.

The program of the international organization provides support and specialized training to Customs Administrations by identifying and analyzing international best practices in this regard, instructing customs officers on the identification of international vulnerabilities and risks, before, during and after the process of clearing strategic products.  

At the end of the training, the participants from Argentina, Belize, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and Peru, have understood how Customs play an increasingly important role in the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions, such as Resolutions 1373 and 1540, which urge countries to take effective measures to enhance border security and thereby curb the proliferation of strategic goods.

The Regional Workshop for Training of Trainers in the field of Strategic Trade Control Enforcement was delivered by the WCO international experts, José Hugo German, from México, and Kirk Walker and Pete Heine, both from the United States of America.