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Homeland Security

Washington File

25 June 2003

U.S., EC to Continue Cooperation on Transport Security

(June 25 joint statement) (240)
The United States and the European Commission issued a joint statement
June 25 pledging continued cooperation on improving the security of
ocean-going and other modes of international trade.
Following is the statement as released in Washington and Brussels:
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U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Customs and Border Protection 
Washington, D.C.
www.cbp.gov
JOINT STATEMENT OF THE U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION AND THE
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
25 JUNE 2003
After meetings this week in Brussels, between representatives of the
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and of the European Commission,
assisted by representatives of member states, U.S. Customs and Border
Protection Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and Director-General for
Taxation and Customs Union, Robert Verrue released the following
statement:
"We welcome the positive work currently being undertaken by U.S.
Customs and Border Protection and the European Commission, supported
by Member States' Customs Authorities, with respect to the Container
Security Initiative and other customs-related aspects of security of
international trade.
This is an important opportunity to maximise supply chain security on
both sides of the Atlantic and to facilitate legitimate trade. The
United States and the European Union will continue to expand and
intensify customs cooperation and to take practical measures to
improve the security of ocean-going and other modes of international
trade."
Issued in Washington and Brussels
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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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