The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cebu has installed a new portal x-ray machine at Cebu International Port (CIP).
The HXP-FreightScan Portal, which was inaugurated on June 22, adopts a modern scanning technology designed by and ordered from Astrophysics Asia, Inc. The system is capable of detecting smuggled and anti-social goods through high-resolution images for a more accurate image analysis. The portal design allows container trucks to move through the x-ray machine with a tunnel height of almost five meters allowing scanning of oversized cargoes.
“The HXP-FreightScan Portal enhances the port’s maximum x-ray inspection capacity to 150 trucks an hour. With its comprehensive imaging tools and standard features, shipments will be analyzed with greater speed and accuracy while ensuring maximum threat detection. We, at the Bureau’s X-Ray Inspection Project (XIP), commit to adopt technological advancements in our operations to better serve our stakeholders,” BOC XIP-Cebu field officer Carlos Joey S. Reyes said in a statement.
The installation of the additional x-ray machine is in line with BOC’s commitment to strengthen border security measures by increasing the agency’s non-intrusive inspection capabilities of containerized shipments. The project “will not only improve border security and trade facilitation, but also increase the entire port operation’s resiliency against and adaptability in times of operational disruption,” BOC noted.
Last year the agency said it is adding in 2020 up to 50 new x-ray machines at various ports nationwide, including 15 fixed baggage x-ray machines, 25 hand-carried baggage x-ray machines, four mobile baggage x-ray machines, and six portal-type x-ray machines, altogether worth more than P1.2 billion.