Yemeni customs agents confront smuggling


Members of the Yemeni Customs Authority received instruction in detecting suspicious baggage and passengers during an International Air Cargo Interdiction Training course in Cairo, Egypt, in June 2013.

Protecting airports, seaports and border crossings is a key part of national security, and the Yemenis tapped the expertise of agencies such as the Egyptian Customs Authority and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and Transportation Security Administration.

Course participants learned tactics and techniques to inspect air cargo and process passengers to intercept contraband such as illegal cash, weapons and narcotics. The Egyptian, U.S. and Yemeni officials shared best practices to detect smuggling and trafficking and to collect evidence that will lead to successful prosecutions.

Such regional training helps uproot crime and corruption while encouraging legitimate commerce.