The scanning systems have been put into operation at the border checkpoints of the State Customs Service, following a commission of Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Hocharuk given during a working trip to Chernivtsi region.
The first scanner at Zakarpatia customs office is already functioning. From now on, inspecting heavy-loaded vehicles will be faster and more efficient. At present, the Lviv customs office has tested the scanners at the border checkpoints Rava-Ruska, Krakowiec and Shehyni. In the near future, scanning systems will be fully operational. Volyn and Chernivtsi customs offices are also preparing to launch such systems.
"It is important to ensure cargo scanning being held without inspection by customs officials and, therefore, cargo is checked ten times faster. Otherwise, we would have to spend extra time and money on discharging cargo and other accompanying procedures," the Prime Minister stressed.
Head of the State Customs Service Maksym Nefiodov explained that the customs officers on the Ukrainian-Polish section of the state border Dorohusk-Yahodyn conduct clearance procedures for 400-500 vehicles per day in one direction, while the scanning system is capable of ensuring passage of 240-250 vehicles per day. Thus, the checkpoint will identify the categories of cargoes for mandatory scanning. The estimated time for one scanning procedure is 20 minutes.
"The placement of scanners for inspection of oversized cargo requires appropriate technological equipment and large sites, in particular, 35x75 m or 50x30 m. Therefore, the launch of seven scanning systems is being planned in the near future. The information obtained from the scanners at the checkpoints will be transmitted to the database of the central office of the State Customs Service," Maksym Nefiodov added.
Scanners or stationary-type scanning systems are special equipment designed to ensure non-intrusive inspection of import, export and security controls.