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U.S. Ambassador Participated in Ceremony Transferring American Equipment to Ukrainian Customs

February 4, 2010

U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft met February 4 with the Chairman of the State Customs Service of Ukraine Anatoliy Makarenko to hand over high tech customs equipment provided by the U.S. Government Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program to the Kyiv Central Specialized Customs and other Customs agencies.  The transfer ceremony took place at the DHL International Ukraine Central Sorting Station in Kyiv.

During their meeting, the U.S. Ambassador and the Head of Ukrainian Customs  discussed bilateral cooperation as well as answered questions from journalists.  There also was a brief demonstration of some of the new equipment by KCSC.

Kyiv Central Specialized Customs (KCSC) was created in December 2008 to handle the customs clearance of express shipments, international mail, precious stones and metals, diplomatic shipments, export controlled shipments, and other high profile/high risk commodities.  This timely assistance, provided by the U.S. Government, will help ensure efficient operations of the new Customs agency.  In addition to the delivery of this equipment, the EXBS program previously escorted KCSC managers on a tour of U.S. Mail and Express courier facilities to enhance their understanding of how U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers handle the clearance of similar shipments. In November and December 2009, and January 2010, the Export Control and Related Border Security Program provided KCSC with customs examination equipment, and computer and office equipment in the amount of 4,538,737 UAH  ($567,763.55). On February 4, 2010 this equipment was officially transferred. The U.S. Government considers the efficient and effective operation of the State Customs Service of Ukraine to be critical to the future development of Ukraine