Colombia and the United States Sign Understanding Agreement to Prevent Customs Crimes

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May 23, 2019

Official Presidential Page

The purpose is to establish a new level of security cooperation to effectively combat transnational crime and other threats to border security, as well as to facilitate legitimate travel and trade between the two countries.

Bogotá, May 22, 2019.

The DIAN and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, signed on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding to improve security between the two countries.

This instrument will raise the levels of effectiveness in the detection and surveillance of criminal networks and cross-border criminal activities, through the exchange and analysis of cargo manifest and means of transport.

In addition, a mechanism will be established for the review and evaluation of information in order to identify possible risks and threats to the national security of both countries, including transnational criminal activities.

The Director of the DIAN, José Andrés Romero, indicated that "with this cooperation, the United States and Colombia will benefit in the identification and tracking of cargo, transportation and companies that may represent a risk, as well as being involved in transnational crimes.”.

As for the U.S. Embassy in Colombia expressed its interest in continuing to work with DIAN on advisory, detection, facilitation, exchange and training programs.

For the U.S. Government, the signing of this agreement represents a major step forward in the joint effort and cooperation on security to effectively combat transnational crime and other threats to border security.