For three days, between 29-31 May 2018, European Union Border Assistance Mission in cooperation with UK’s Fiscal Crime Liaison Office continued the series of workshops on containers’ profiling and controlling started last year in Chisinau and Cahul.
40 representatives from Moldovan Customs Service, the General Border Police Inspectorate and the State Agency for Intellectual Property Rights (AGEPI) gathered in Chisinau to share their experience on risk-based customs control for profiling containers entering and leaving the country.
Topics such as scanning of containers and interpretation of scanned images, international, intra- and inter-agency cooperation, mutual assistance and intelligence exchange were largely explored. A bulk of the presentations focused on operational and electronic risk analysis for containers profiling, containers tracking, rummaging, etc raised a lot of interest among the participants. IPR enforcement challenges in non-EU countries vs. EU Member States together with practical aspects and useful tools for containers’ profiling were debated from the IPR perspective.
Relevant study cases offering a good example of existing legal instruments like inter-agency and international forms of cooperation were presented ensuring therefore knowledge transfer.
The practical aspect of the workshop was completed by a working visit to an Internal Customs Post.
EUBAM held the previous two workshops in autumn last year.