U.S. Embassy Facilitates X-Ray Interdiction Training for Philippine Bureau of Customs Officers

BOC officers pose with CBP trainers during the practical exercises at the Cebu International Seaport in Cebu City.

Cebu City, August 2, 2018 The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) conducted an International X-Ray Interdiction Training (IXIT) ‎with 11 Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) officers from around the country from July 23-27 in Cebu City.  IXIT teaches users of X-ray systems to more effectively target, locate, and interdict contraband goods.

The BOC officers who attended the training work with the BOC’s X-Ray Inspection Project and directly handle BOC X-ray systems in Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Manila, and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.  During the training, CBP trainers shared techniques and case studies to improve the participants’ X-ray analysis skills.  The group also conducted practical exercises at the Cebu International Seaport and the Mactan International Airport.

The U.S. Department of State Export Control and Related Border Security Program funded the training.