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U.S. Delegation of Experts on Anti-Terrorism, Fraud Combating and Border Security Visits CSI & Megaports Initiative at Kaohsiung Customs

A U.S. delegation of nine experts on anti-terrorism, fraud combating and border security, led by Mr. Rand Beers, the former acting Secretary of Department of Homeland Security (D.H.S.), and accompanied by Mr. Jared Lin, Secretary of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the U.S., Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visited Kaohsiung Customs on December 14, 2016 to have a brief view on the implementation of Container Security Initiative (CSI) and Megaports Initiative in Taiwan. Both of the initiatives have been carried out in collaboration with the U.S. authorities. This tour was hosted by Mr. Shih-Chin Chang, Chief Secretary of Kaohsiung Customs, who brought the delegation to Terminal 4, which belongs to Non-Intrusive Inspection Department, for an on-site visit following a briefing on the implementation of the two initiatives in recent years.

 

Chief Secretary Chang indicated that the CSI and Megaports Initiative, in collaboration with the United States and Taiwan, play an important role in fighting terrorism and ensuring global trade security. Soon after the September 11 terrorist attacks, CSI was launched by the United States and subsequently expanded to worldwide locations at strategic ports. The program is chiefly aimed at tackling terrorist activities such as drug trafficking, illegal use of nuclear and/or biological weapons, and so on. So far, CSI has been introduced to and implemented in Asian countries such as Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and mainland China in addition to Taiwan.

 

Since Kaohsiung Customs implemented CSI, the Kaohsiung CSI team has been successful in handling many types of cases such as those related to counterfeit U.S. currency, ephedrine, and cigarette smuggling. Authorities in the U.S. and Taiwan have always carried out their missions efficiently. On the other hand, the Megaports Initiative in Taiwan, operated by Kaohsiung Customs, focuses on detecting radioactive materials in both imported and exported cargoes, as well as the smuggling of nuclear weapons (if any). Ever since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred, dozens of containers have been found at detection which contain contaminated goods imported from Japan, clearly demonstrating the project’s effectiveness in deterring radioactively contaminated materials from entering the country. Citizens have thus been protected from the risks associated with radioactive contamination.

 

Throughout this visit, all participants did not only gain a deeper understanding of the two initiatives, but also expressed their appreciation to Kaohsiung Customs for their efforts on fighting against terrorism, and maintaining border security.

  • Publish Date:2017-12-19
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