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Port Control Unit

Port Control Unit (PCU) of Sri Lanka Customs was established in year 2014 under the Container Control Program (CCP) of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and World Customs Organization (WCO) based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sri Lanka and the United Nations to combat trans-border crimes such as commercial frauds, import, export and transshipment of narcotics, weapons, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in all kinds of cargo consignments including passenger baggage and parcels. This unit includes an Air Cargo Control Unit (ACCU) located in BIA and Port Control Unit (PCU) located in customs headquarters. These units are identified by UNODC and WCO to optimize preventative actions carried out by sea and dry ports in Sri Lanka on containers of lawful, maritime and land cargo in order to reduce their use in illicit activities. In particular, “Illicit drug traffic, chemical precursors, possible terrorist acts”, thereby increasing effectiveness of current control and investigations in units. Presently this unit is engaged in detection, detention and investigation into above-mentioned areas of customs interest. Officers of this unit is trained specially on the areas mentioned-above by the UNODC and expected to work in this branch at least for three years.

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