Abu Dhabi Customs inks US co-op deal
Abu Dhabi, July 7, 2013
Abu Dhabi Customs has signed a co-operation agreement with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in bid to enhance security measures and better secure trade and travel between the two countries.
The agreement is aimed at enhancing co-operation between both parties regarding the provision of training and technical assistance, the exchange of expertise, the development of initiatives and mechanisms in the field of risk management and trade processes in addition to capacity building and dealing with inspections.
It also stresses on the exchange of security information, as permitted by laws, policies and agreements in force at both countries, within an atmosphere of confidentiality to apply laws, fight terrorism and achieve general security, said a statement from Abu Dhabi Customs.
The deal was signed by Saeed Ahmed Al Muhairi, the director general of Abu Dhabi Customs and Kevin K. McAleenan, CBP acting deputy commissioner at the US Customs headquarters in Washington.
Loretta Gamble, the executive director of the International Co-operation Department and Steven Stavinoha, the director of the US Targeting Center of Fields also attended the signing ceremony held on the sidelines of a training session organised by the General Directorate of Customs- Abu Dhabi and in collaboration with CBP in Washington.
Speaking at the ceremony, Al Muhairi stressed on the importance of training initiatives specialised in dealing with inspections and on capacity building in line with the agreement, both of which are considered to be important steps in aiding both parties in facing future challenges.
"This agreement falls in line with both parties’ commitments to protect their borders from any risks, whereby we seek to strengthen theses two countries’ positions as safe destinations for travel and business," he added.-TradeArabia News Service