Ukrainian customs received special equipment from EU

12:11, 02 February 2009
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Modern X-ray scanning equipment for inspection

On 30 January 2009  the State Customs Service of Ukraine received from the EU modern X-ray scanning equipment for customs inspection. According to the Mission of Ukraine to European Communities, the ceremony that took place at customs check point Rava-Russka of Lviv Customs was attended by  Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine, Mr.Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira and First Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Service of Ukraine Mr. Igor Pikovski.

 Nine modern mobile X-ray scanners for non-intrusive testing of goods and vehicles worth 13.4 million euros in total have been acquired for Ukrainian customs by the European Union. The equipment is to be deployed at customs check-points: "Rava-Ruska”, “Krakovets”, “Yagodin”, “Kuchurgan”, “Odessa port”, “Porubne”, “Bachivsk”, “Uzhgorod” and “Chop”.

 X-ray scanners Rapiscan Eagle M4500 are installed on powerful Mercedes base cars. The scanners are capable of viewing (scanning) any automotive equipment and any cargo containers, including the largest high cube maritime ones. The system allows to scan 20 vehicles/hour and can operate 24 hours/day.

 The transferring of this equipment is the largest project of technical assistance in the history of the Ukrainian international customs cooperation.

 For background: The Rapiscan Eagle M4507 is a unique combination of high-energy X-ray with operational flexibility of all-weather system that can move on public roads. Eagle Mobile is mounted on the basis of conventional truck and supports X-ray image creation in a specially equipped cab of the operator. The system has all the components and capabilities necessary to scan containers, vehicles and a wide range of trucks, but also provides comfortable environment for working in the cab and in the inspection cabin. Eagle Mobile allows to analyze, store and transfer information obtained by cargo scanning and by working with accompanying documents.

 Eagle Mobile System is designed to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing at the same time scanning of 20 large objects per hour.

 Mobile X-ray systems will provide the customs officials with more possibilities for implementation of a thorough non-intrusive inspection of vehicles and containerized cargos, and thus will contribute to identify violations of customs regulations and discover facts of illegal goods movement, an will also facilitate processes of customs clearance.

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