Clark, Pampanga, June 16, 2021 – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Export Control and Border Security (EXBS) Program conducted an International Air Cargo Interdiction Training (IACIT) for 11 Philippine customs officers at the Port of Clark from June 15 to 16.
Adapting to the COVID-19 situation, the training followed a hybrid format where U.S. trainers participated virtually while the participants joined from a hotel conference venue, ensuring a fluid engagement with all the participants. Clark Customs Port Collector Alexandra Lumontad joined the opening session to deliver welcome remarks.
“This is a gathering of people who are entrusted with the very sensitive task of securing our borders from illegal and dangerous cargoes that pass through areas of jurisdiction,” said Lumontad.
The IACIT aims to enhance the skills of customs air cargo officers at interdicting contraband and other illicit goods in an airport environment. The IACIT will also include an advanced workshop with several practical exercises at an air cargo facility once travel restrictions are lifted.
Another iteration of this training is scheduled on June 17 and 18 at the Manila International Airport for customs officers from the Philippine Bureau of Customs.