Maldives to Participate in Customs Asia Pacific Enforcement Reporting System

(Wednesday, January 25, 2006)
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Washington, D.C. —Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Deborah J. Spero announced that Maldives signed a Memorandum of Understanding enabling their participation in the Customs Asia Pacific Enforcement Report System (CAPERS). Allen Gina, Executive Director, Container Security Initiative Division, Office of International Affairs signed on behalf of CBP and the Honorable Ibrahim Rashad, Minister of State, Principal Collector of Customs, signed on behalf of the Maldives.

CAPERS, a secure, real-time international communication network, allow participating customs administrations to communicate information instantly about national security and anti-terrorism issues. There are currently 25 countries participating in the network in various locations in the Pacific, Caribbean, and North America.

The memorandum of understanding is a continuation of a formal partnership that began with the signing of the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement last June in Brussels, Belgium.

“The healthy commerce that binds our two nations must be protected from illegal trade, narcotics smuggling, and terrorism that threatens legitimate international business everywhere. CAPERS will help strengthen and safeguard our trade relationship,” said Acting Commissioner Spero.

The signing of the MOU, solidifies the benefits of establishing mutual collaborations through formal accords, which are designed to promote the exchange of information that will curb customs offenses detrimental to the economic interests and security of a nation.

As such, CAPERS will help strengthen and safeguard trade relationships, enhance the prevention of narcotics/contraband smuggling and assist with the detection of other violations of Customs laws by the timely exchange of information.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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