Background

The State Department signed with the port of Long Beach, Calif., Oct. 23 a formal memorandum of understanding to enhance the department’s ongoing maritime and port security assistance in Asia and Latin America and expand it to Africa.

A State Department press release states that under this partnership, the department’s third with a seaport (following agreements with the ports of San Diego and Miami), port personnel with a detailed understanding of security procedures at one of the largest cargo ports in the U.S. will provide expert mentoring and training to foreign counterparts seeking to improve border security in the face of sophisticated criminal threats. This partnership also stands to benefit the port of Long Beach, State adds, by providing opportunities to establish new foreign contacts, gain overseas experience, and adopt a more international approach to combating transnational crime.

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