Uzbek customs officers received five mobile systems for detecting nuclear smuggling as a gift from the United States

Posted on January 31, 2022

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Uzbek customs officers received five mobile systems for detecting nuclear smuggling as a gift from the United States

The press service of the US Embassy in Uzbekistan published a message on the transfer of new equipment worth more than $1 million to the State Customs Committee.

The new equipment makes it possible to capture radiation in items undergoing customs control. It was provided to Uzbekistan by the US Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence Administration (NSDD).

In particular, the State Customs Committee of our country received five new mobile radiation detection systems, which will be installed both on the border and inside Uzbekistan.

In addition to the mentioned equipment, a set of equipment for videoconferencing and simultaneous translation was donated to the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan, designed to improve the infrastructure of the State Customs Committee and to hold international seminars and other forms of virtual training in the future. Telecommunications equipment was also donated to NSDD under the US State Department’s Export Control and Border Security program.

All of the above is done by the United States as part of that country’s long-term, multibillion-dollar program designed to help partner countries detect, track, and investigate potential nuclear smuggling attempts along strategic transportation routes within the country or along its borders.

To date, over $16 million has already been invested in Uzbekistan under this program. This happened after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in 2017. Last year, other departments were added to the Memorandum in addition to the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Last week, the NSDD held a seminar for employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Uzbekistan on the development of programs for interagency exercises and procedures for responding to incidents related to nuclear smuggling.

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