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US Coast Guard imposes entry conditions on vessels from Gambia

Jun 24, 2015, 11:50 AM

The United States Coast Guard has announced that it will impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving from The Gambia.

Conditions of entry are intended to protect the United States from vessels arriving from countries that have been found to have deficient port anti-terrorism measures in place.

This notice was issued on 22 June 2015, in the Federal Register, the Daily Journal of the United States Government.

US law authorities said the Coast Guard would impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving in US waters from ports the Coast Guard “has not found to maintain effective anti-terrorism measures”.

On 25 September 2013, the Coast Guard did not find that the port in The Gambia maintained effective anti-terrorism measures and that The Gambia’s legal regime, designated authority oversight, access control and cargo control, “are all deficient”.

On 16 July 2014, The Gambia was notified of this determination and given recommendations for improving anti-terrorism measures and 90 days to respond, according to a statement from US Coast Guard.

“To date, we cannot confirm that the Republic of The Gambia has corrected the identified deficiencies,” the statement said.