USAID assistance: Moldovan Customs Service received contraband detection equipment

Today, the Customs Service received a significant boost with the delivery of 10 state-of-the-art equipment kits, enhancing control capabilities at the Giurgiulesti, Leuseni, and Sculeni customs checkpoints. This generous donation was made possible by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the USAID Moldova Institutional and Structural Reforms Activity Programme (MISRA).

Present at the event were esteemed guests including the leadership of the Customs Service, Ambassador Kent Logsdon of the United States to Moldova, representatives from the USAID MISRA Programme, and heads of the border customs posts.

Expressing gratitude for the invaluable donation, Igor Talmazan, the head of the Customs Service, highlighted the significance of such support in aligning with international customs standards. He emphasized the pivotal role played by modernization and digitalization in customs procedures, enhancing control measures, bolstering capacities, and advancing the professional skills of customs personnel.

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“The deployment of modern equipment to our border customs posts, particularly amidst heightened demand due to the situation in Ukraine, is pivotal,” noted Igor Talmazan. “These cutting-edge devices will empower customs inspectors to expedite inspections and elevate the efficiency of goods transport control along Moldova’s borders.”

Ambassador Kent Logsdon reiterated the United States’ commitment to supporting the modernization and digitalization efforts within the Customs Service. “The newly acquired equipment will streamline vehicle inspection processes, reduce queues at border checkpoints, and ensure effective customs control,” emphasized Ambassador Logsdon.

During the donation ceremony, heads of the frontier customs posts demonstrated the functionality of the equipment and its practical application. The donated sets include advanced tools for determining object density and dimensions, detecting concealed compartments within vehicles, and visualizing transported goods details, all without the need for dismantling vehicles, thereby minimizing the risk of goods damage.

The modern equipment represents an investment of approximately 3 million lei (around 150,000 euros), marking a significant step forward in enhancing Moldova’s customs control capabilities and border security.

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