Delegation from U.S. House of Representatives Visits Kaohsiung Customs for CSI and Megaport Initiative
In honor of the partnership between the United States and Taiwan, a delegation from the United States House of Representatives led by Mr. King and Ms. Radewagen arrived at the office of Non-intrusive Inspection (NII) Division, Kaohsiung Customs, Customs Administration, Ministry of Finance at 9:00a.m. on September 4, 2017 to grasp the progress of the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and Megaport Initiative in recent years. The delegation was accompanied by Mr. O’Connor, Branch Chief of American Institution in Taiwan (AIT), Kaohsiung Branch, and an officer from Department of North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan). A briefing for the delegation was hosted by Mr. Shan-Ju Chen, Director of Kaohsiung Customs, with Mr. Tien-Shing Fan, Chief of NII Division and a customs officer responsible for the reception and an English briefing respectively.
Director Chen indicated that CSI and Megaport Initiative, being joint efforts by the United States and Taiwan, play an important role in fighting terrorism and ensuring trade security globally. Soon after the September 11 terrorist attacks, CSI was launched by the United States and subsequently expanded to include strategic ports throughout the world. The program is chiefly aimed at tackling terrorist activities such as drug trafficking, illegal use of nuclear or biological weapons, and so on. Kaohsiung Port, being the 38th one participating in the program, has been implementing CSI with joint efforts made by domestic customs officers and teams of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials deployed in Kaohsiung and Keelung. On the other hand, the Megaport Initiative focuses on detection of radioactive materials in imported and exported cargoes. Containerized goods are subject to automated detection when going through security gates for ascertainment of radioactive contamination or smuggling of nuclear weapons (if any). Ever since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred, dozens of containers have been found at detection to contain contaminated goods imported from Japan, clearly demonstrating the project’s effectiveness in deterring radioactively contaminated materials from entering the country. The citizens have thus been protected from the risks associated with radioactive contamination. Earlier this year, the U.S. government took a step further in supporting the Megaport Initiative by sponsoring the updating of software, hardware and equipment related to the program, as well as dispatching professional engineers to the site. At the briefing, Director Chen expressed his appreciation for the support provided by the U.S. government.
In addition to attending the briefing, the delegation also visited the NII station at Terminal 4 of Kaohsiung Customs for an on-site tour of NII operations. All of the delegates said that through the visit and interaction, they had gained a better understanding of the hard work undertaken by Taiwan customs when operating in coordination with the U.S. officers. They also expressed their sincerest gratitude for the efforts made by Taiwan Customs to carry out the two initiatives. Both Kaohsiung Customs and the delegation hoped that further cooperation and information exchange between the two authorities might bring about the greatest possible mutual benefits in the future.
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