Public Event
Online Event (via Webex Events)

Identifying Military Goods at the Border

  • 3 November 2021
  • 9am-12pm Central European Time (CET)
  • Hosted on Webex Events

The EU-LAS project, implemented by the Small Arms Survey, Interpol, and the World Customs Organization (WCO), in collaboration with the League of Arab States (LAS) and financed by the European Union (EU), is hosting an online event focusing on the identification of illegal military goods at borders. The aim of the webinar is to provide practical information to customs and border officials. More info on the event in the agenda below.

Please note that registration is required to attend the event.





09:00 – 09:05 Welcome and Introduction
Opening Remarks by Mr James McColm, Senior Technical Officer, WCO
09:05 – 09:15 EU – LAS Project
Ms. Dhekra Fraoua, Project Officer - Management, Small Arms Survey

The Small Arms Survey will present phase II of the European Union (EU)–League of Arab States (LAS) project designed to support LAS State security forces, including customs, in their fight against illicit small arms and light weapons (2021-2024).

09:15 – 09:35 Surveying the Battlefield
Dr. Glenn McDonald, EU-LAS Project Coordinator, Small Arms Survey

The Small Arms Survey will examine the consequences of large scale diversions of weapons and military material on other countries, presenting some of the main research in this area and highlighting current border control challenges.

09:35 – 09:55 Firearms Tracing and Information Sharing
Ms. Line Haidar, Firearms Specialist, INTERPOL

The importance of tracing recovered firearms and inter-departmental cooperation on a national and international scale are presented by INTERPOL.

09:55 – 10:00 Coffee Break
10:00 – 10:45 Identifying Military Materiel at the Border
Adam Vas, STCE Project Coordinator, WCO

10:00 – 10:45 Practical information for front line Customs officials in identification of military goods at the border, including identification of military markings and classification systems, as well as other indicators that goods may be military in nature.

10:45 – 10:55 Coffee Break
10:55 – 11:40 Identifying Small Arms and Light Weapons
Andrew Reynolds, SALW Project Coordinator, WCO

Illicit small arms and light weapons are one of the major causes for instability for nations and regions around the world. This module will provide information on the identification of SALW, their components and ammunition at the border.

11:40 – 12:00 Regional Best Practice and Case Studies
Ms. Leila Barrahmoun, 1st Grade Customs Inspector, Border Control Coordination Service, Morocco Customs and Mr. Jaifer Ismail, Auditor, Auditing and Inspection Service, Morocco Customs.

Examples of best practice and discussions of seizures made, from the Customs Department of Morocco.

12:00 Close of Event


Ms. Dhekra Fraoua (Small Arms Survey) will act as Chairperson for this event