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Signing of Memorandum of Cooperation between Belize Customs and Excise Department and the Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection

The Belize Customs and Excise Department and the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) signed a mutually beneficial Memorandum of Cooperation that provides for collaboration on and implementation of an information sharing program utilizing cargo manifest and conveyance information.

This program will enhance both governments’ ability to identify and track cargoes, conveyances, and entities that may pose a risk to international supply chains, including cargoes, conveyances, and entities that may be involved in customs offenses, combat transnational crime and other border security threats. It will also assist in facilitating safe international maritime, air and terrestrial transport of cargo and detecting or monitoring cross-border criminal networks or activities including contraband.

As noted by U.S. Embassy Belmopan Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges, “The information sharing program created through this agreement will help both the United States and Belize become more prosperous and secure, by facilitating the safe transportation of goods between our countries and making it easier to detect international criminal networks that threaten both of our nations.”

The MOC was signed by Mr. Colin Griffith, Comptroller of the Belize Customs and Excise Department and Chargé Gilges on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection on July 2, 2020.