ASUNCION, Paraguay – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and National Customs Directorate of Paraguay signed an agreement Friday, April 23, to help Paraguay secure its borders through the implementation of the Automated Targeting System-Global traveler screening system, or “ATS-G.”
“The United States and Paraguay enjoy a close partnership in security cooperation,” said Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy Joseph Salazar. “The ATS-G platform will enable the United States and Paraguay to continue safely building the economic, security, and cultural ties at the heart of our longstanding friendship.”
CBP’s ATS-G software improves how travelers flying in and out of a country are screened. ATS-G rapidly compares passenger and cargo manifests against law enforcement databases and other records for clues that could reveal high-risk travelers, such as smugglers or foreign terrorists. To help Paraguay implement the program, the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program of the US Department of Justice will donate essential computer hardware and software to Paraguay’s National Customs Directorate. The equipment will arrive in Paraguay in the coming weeks.
“With a broad mission that includes border security, as well as facilitating lawful trade and travel, CBP is acutely aware of the importance of engaging our international partners and stakeholders,” stated William A. Ferrara, executive assistant Commissioner of the Office of Field Operations.
The government of Paraguay and US Customs and Border Protection signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in April 2018 that was the first step in bringing ATS-G to Paraguay. The agreement signed [today] establishes individual and organizational data security responsibilities to ensure the privacy of travelers’ data and enable ATS-G to be fully implemented.