The world class Detector Dog's of the Australian Border Force have been showcased in a two-course informing Chinese Customs on the development and breeding of the talented canines.
Since 1993, the ABF's Detector Dog program has been successfully breeding Labrador puppies for their ability to unobtrusively and non-discriminately screen large volumes of persons and goods.
The ABF is recognised as a world leader in detector dog breeding and training, and as part of international partnership have gifted several dogs to China Customs.
Craig Sommerville, the ABF's Commander, Specialist Operations Support and Business Engagement, stated the importance of sharing the weight of security against transitional crimes, "The strong relationship we share with our partners, including China, is further fostered through training activities such as this and demonstrates the ability of countries to work together to counter the importation of prohibited and restricted goods in a crds-border environment".
The Director, Resources and Capability of the Anti-Smuggling Bureau of China Customs, Mr Tan Jun, has thanked Australia for the "ongoing support the Australia Border Force provided to our National Dog Program for the past decade".
The visit is an effort for China to re-evaluate their current training program, which has traditionally involved the training of mature dogs, as opposed to purpose breeding.
Detector Dogs are frequently used in identifying disparities in international mail, luggage, air cargo, sea cargo, commercial vessels, vehicles, aircrafts and of course travelling passengers.
In the previous financial year, ABF detector dogs made more than 2000 detections of illicit substances and prohibited items.