U.S. Continues Partnership with T&T Customs and Excise to Protect Borders

Left to right are Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre, Department of Homeland Security representative Arthlyn Samuel, Department of State Export Control and Border Security (EXBS) Advisor Monica Dorado, and Acting Comptroller of Customs and Excise Kathy-Ann Matthews.

The Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise Division (TTCE) on September 19 received state of the art radiation detection equipment. This important equipment is just one part of the U.S. Government’s commitment to assisting in securing T&T’s ports and borders, as well as combatting transnational crime network.

The donation was made possible by the Department of State Export Control and Border Security (EXBS) office in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection.

The personal Radiation Detection pagers and Radiation Isotopes Identification devices were presented by Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre to Acting Comptroller of Customs and Excise Kathy-Ann Matthews at Customs House, Port of Spain.

Chargé McIntyre noted the equipment was a donation to Customs as part of the USG’s partnership with Trinidad and Tobago. He emphasized, “Ours is a solid, strong partnership and we hope you and the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago view the United States and our embassy as the partner of choice, especially in the areas of border and citizen security.”

Acting Comptroller Matthews thanked the U.S. for being “such good donors and partners” noting Customs will use the equipment to help create a “21st century customs environment.”

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