From January 20-30, the U.S. State Department Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program sponsored a two-week training focused on container control methodologies, which was implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Officers from the Georgia Revenue Service, Criminal Police, and Patrol Police participated in the training, which focused on cargo land border crossings. As part of the training, a site visit was organized to the Tbilisi railway container terminal where the students were able to conduct hands-on inspections of containers and apply the concepts taught in the classroom.
The training was sponsored by EXBS as part of a broader initiative to establish a Container Control Program (CCP) in Tbilisi. A CCP in Poti, Georgia has been active for over two years. The Tbilisi unit will be the second CCP in Georgia and will broaden the scope of container inspections in the country.
The EXBS program in Georgia is designed to help prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by providing training, equipment, and technical expertise. Through this assistance, EXBS helps strengthen Georgia’s border security, export controls, and non-proliferation efforts.