Islamabad International Airport gets new air cargo control unit

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Considering the need for profiling outbound and inbound air consignments and identifying and stopping transportation of illicit substances, a new air cargo control unit has been inaugurated at the Islamabad International Airport (IIA) recently.

The unit has been set up by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Pakistan Country Office, the World Customs Organisation (WCO) as part of the UNODC Container Control Programme (CCP), in partnership with the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF), Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Pakistan Customs, said reports.

To address this challenge of identifying illegal shipments and illicit consignments, UNODC and World Customs Organisation (WCO) developed the Container Control Programme concept and methodology which invests in human resource development and training profiling experts.

“The success of the container control programme in Pakistan is a result of the great commitment from national counterparts,” said Jeremy Milsom, the UNODC Representative for the Country Office in Pakistan in a statement.

“This is a great example where the joint initiative of UNODC and WCO flourishes through national counterparts’ reception, collaboration and appreciation,” Milsom added.

Japanese Embassy Charge d’ Affaires Yusuke Shindo also said, “Strengthening aviation security to prevent trafficking of illegal items is one of the major challenges, not only for Pakistan but other countries as well. Stability and peace are one of the important pillars of the foreign policy of Japan. Japanese government continues to contribute to stability-based on laws and regulations in various countries.”

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