07ASTANA2414, EXBS: KAZAKHSTAN ADVISOR’S MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE (AUGUST

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07ASTANA2414 2007-09-07 05:44 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ASTANA 002414 
 
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AMEMBASSY BERLIN FOR CUSTOMS ATTACHE 
AMEMBASSY TASHKENT, BISHKEK, BAKU, DUSHANBE AND ASHGABAT FOR EXBS 
ADVISORS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ETTC MNUC PARM PREL KSTC KNNP KZ
SUBJECT:  EXBS: KAZAKHSTAN ADVISOR'S MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE (AUGUST 
2007) 
 
I. BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS: 
 
       TDY EXBS Advisor Kevin Cummings arrived at post on August 2, 
2007 and departed on August 31, 2007. Permanent EXBS Advisor Robert 
Colbert is scheduled to arrive at post on October 4, 2007. The EXBS 
Advisor position will not be staffed from the period September 1, 
2007 to October 4, 2007. 
 
 
 
II. COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
A. SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS CONDUCTED 
 
1. On August 14 we received a letter from the Border Guard office in 
Uralsk Region to change the installation location of two of the four 
shelters scheduled for delivery in August-September time period. 
After numerous discussions with Border Guard as to Border Guard 
Headquarters concurrence with the regional request and the 
documentation required by the Department of State to support the 
requested modification, we received a formal request with a valid 
justification from H. Berkaliyev, First Deputy Director, on August 
22, 2007. The document was translated and forwarded to the 
Department of State for review and a decision. The Department 
approved the location change on Sept 24 and the EXBS office has been 
working with the border guard, customs and the contractor to affect 
an expedited clearance. At present the shipment is scheduled to 
arrive at Uralsk on September 10. An EXBS representative will meet 
the convoy of 16 trucks at Uralsk to assist in the clearance 
process. 
 
2. As part of the justification documentation the Border Guard 
provided EXBS with a series of decrees that spelled out the GOK plan 
to establish three major transport corridors. The shelters are going 
to a newly established transport corridor on the border with Russia. 
These documents were shared with INL and DITRO. 
 
3. On August 29 TDY Advisor met with the Customs Head of Head of 
Export and Import Control Department, Mr. Ermek Smagulov. The 
primary purpose of the meeting was to present documents requesting 
an exemption for all duties and taxes related to the above 
referenced importation of four shelters and to inform him as to the 
imminent arrival of a permanent EXBS Advisor and to provide some 
basic background on Mr. Robert Colbert.  Mr. Smagulov expanded the 
meeting to discuss his appreciation for the excellent assistance 
provided Customs under the EXBS program. Apparently he receives 
reports from the field on all training. He wanted to make EXBS aware 
of Kazakh Customs priorities. He would like additional IBIT 
trainings but wanted these trainings to be in Kazakhstan to allow 
for more attendees at each session and a more economic program for 
EXBS. He explained that there are three major customs regions and he 
would like one IBIT delivered in each region. In addition he 
requested Risk Management training and additional Administrative 
Enforcement and PIT training. 
 
 
 
 
 
B.  TRAINING DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
 1.  No training was delivered during this period, 
 
 
ASTANA 00002414  002 OF 003 
 
 
C. EQUIPMENT DELIVERED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
      1. No equipment delivered during this reporting period. 
 
D. IMMINENT TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT STATUS UPDATE 
 
 1. Task Order 79 Donations. As indicated above it is expected that 
the four shelters being donated to Border Guard will arrive at 
Uralsk on September 10 and an EXBS representative will assist in 
clearance process. All required documentation was provided to Border 
Guards and Customs by EXBS including exemption request from all 
duties and taxes under the CTR. 
 
 2. Department of Energy Second Line of Defense (DOE/SLD) has begun 
installation of the first portal monitor at the Customs Academy. 
They are awaiting access to the next three sites: Kordai,Karusu and 
Siptai Bitir.  Note that the site access for DOE is being handled by 
the local contractor, N
TC, who has preferred status with Customs 
since they also have a contract with the GOK for maintenance of 
border facilities. 
 
 3. We requested a meeting with the Border Guard for the new Cw 
Guard EXBS Caspian Regional Maritime Advisor, Michael Fisher. 
Requested to meet with the First Deputy Director of Border Guard 
Services in Astana on S%QrED14ith the representatives of the 
Maritime Division of Kazakhstan's Border Service in Aktau. The 
purpose of this visit was to evaluate the status of the vessels, 
negotiate a maintenance agreement with vendors and establish access 
procedures to vessels for EXBS and maintenance personnel. 
 
On August 31, the Border Guard notified EXBS that they would be 
unavailable that week because there was a Border Guard Senior 
Officers Council the week of September 9-13.  They suggested we 
provide an alternative date after September 17. Mr.Fisher was 
notified and requested to provide alternative dates. It is clear 
that the maritime training presently scheduled for October will be 
moved back. 
 
     4. The decision as the distribution plan for the five CT30 KITS 
that are in the EXBS office has been agreed upon. The decision is to 
donate one to the Customs Academy and one to the Border Guard 
Academy for training of officers. The remaining three will be 
donated to the border posts: Dostyk (BG), Jibek Joli 
(Customs),Zhana-Zhol (Customs). This distribution plan is based upon 
information contained in port assessments made by EXBS Advisors. 
 
 
      5. There are two Ludlum Survey Meters in the EXBS office that 
were shipped from DOE. These should be donated to the Customs. The 
new EXBS Advisor will discuss this with Customs Headquarters staff 
to determine the most appropriate locations. Note that we were able 
to acquire the Russian translation of the manual which is quite 
technical. This was forwarded from another EXBS office. 
 
 
 
E. SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN EXPORT CONTROLS, NONPROLIFERATION, OR 
RELATED BORDER SECURITY 
 
1. None. 
 
ASTANA 00002414  003 OF 003 
 
 
 
F. CASPIAN SECURITY INFORMATION 
 
     1. None 
 
III. RED FLAG ISSUES. 
 
1. None. 
 
POC for this report is EXBS Program Manager Gulnara Abildaeva, 
Email: AbildaevaG@state.gov, Phone +7 (3172) 70 2320; EXBS Program 
Assistant Oxana Limareva, Email: LimarevaO@state.gov, Phone +7 
(3172) 70 2237. 
 
  Ordway

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