Affiliated to the Directorate General of Customs Enforcement of the Ministry of Customs and Trade, the Department of Intelligence performs its intelligence duties against smuggling by using technical and human resources effectively under the current conditions. The functionality of the Department of Intelligence plays a crucial role in respect of fulfilling the needs for ensuring a rapid and safe trade procedures and reduction of the tax loss resulting from smuggling.
In 2014, Directorate of Security Intelligence Service of Customs Enforcement was established in order to enhance the intelligence operations performed in the Ministry and its affiliates.
Department of Intelligence is composed of three units; notice assessment, data analysis and intelligence.
The Customs and Trade Ministry not only collaborates with the national agencies but also the cooperates with the administrations operating in the member countries of the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) and European Union (especially, France, Germany and UK). In addition to France, Germany, England, Italy and 12 member countries of SELEC, a fast and safe information exchange system was set up with international organizations such as INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization), EUROPOL (The European Police Office), OLAF (European Anti-Fraud Office), UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), UNDCP (United Nations International Drug Control Program), INCB (International Narcotic Control Boards), CND (The Commission on Narcotic Drugs), EMCDDA (European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction), WCO (World Customs Organization) – RILO (Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices, Eastern and Central Europe), Sub-Committeeon Illicit Drug Traffic and Related Matters in the Near and Middle East , HONLEA (Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement), POMPIDOU (Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs), ECO (The Economic Cooperation Organization), ZKA (The German Customs Investigation Bureau), DEA (The Drug Enforcement Administration of the USA) and British Customs (SOCA- Serious Organized Crime Agency).
Intelligence is a product of collected information , comparison with existing information and analysis, evaluation, combination and interpretation of such information. However, these processes are limited to initial verification. Therefore, intelligence must be analyzed to verify if there is any case that requires to take measures and to decide which measures should be taken.
In this respect, intelligence and analysis studies are conducted by the Directorates of the Customs Enforcement Smuggling and Intelligence at provincial level under the coordination of Department of Intelligence. Criminal Intelligence Training has an important role as regards the capacity building of Customs Enforcement.
International cooperation, intelligence and operational activities are achieved by SELEC Turkey Contact Point and International Operations units at the Department. Every year, international operations are organized to struggle against certain smuggling types, and the local aspect of these operations are coordinated by this Department.
In addition to operational planning for fighting against recent smuggling techniques and intercepting smuggling routes, updating risk indicator status is also carried out by either the Directorate General or in collaboration with provincial administrations.
The Directorate General maintains amicable international relationships and in this manner both regular and irregular operations have been being conducted. Assistance agreements mutually signed by the customs administrations of Turkey and the related foreign countries also have important role for such activities, trainings and exchange of information between signatory countries.