U.S. Government Provides Support to Customs Service

On June 19, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy Laura Griesmer and Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Service Mr. Taalaibek Masabirov cut the ribbon on a new administrative building and vehicle pre-clearance lot at the Alamedin Rail Inspection facility.  The building will assist the Customs Service with the detection and interdiction of chemical and biological weapon and related materials.

The Export Control and Related Border Security program (EXBS) of the United States State Department worked for two years with the State Customs Service to design, build and equip the modern administrative building and secure inspection area, as part of its long-standing partnership with the State Customs Service. The $340,000 project included support for the design, procurement of materials, and construction.

EXBS is a global program that works in over 60 countries to enhance international export controls and strengthen border security capabilities.  The EXBS program has been active in the Kyrgyz Republic since 2000.  Since that time, it has invested over $26 million in the form of equipment, training and infrastructure improvements.  Most recently, the EXBS program funded the construction of a practical exercise and training area for the State Customs Service that simulates an actual border crossing point of entry. The program also completed construction of 27 outposts along the green border of the Kyrgyz Republic for the State Border Service.