MANILA — As the Bureau of Customs (BOC) bolsters the nation’s border security measures and trade facilitation, the X-ray Inspection Project (XIP) procured four new units of mobile container x-ray machines to boost the Bureau’s scanning performance.
The more advanced technology allows the non-intrusive detection of smuggled goods within containerized shipments and improves the capacity of the BOC in identifying misdeclared, undervalued and undeclared commodities in a shorter period of time through the expeditious scanning capability of these additional assets.
With the utilization of 124 existing x-ray machines, Php63,426,370.64 additional duties and taxes were collected and an approximate of Php117,393,900.00 worth of smuggled commodities and illegal drugs were apprehended from January to September 2021.
The additional procurement of the advanced machines will ensure the enhancement of the Bureau’s operations while improving the country’s revenue collection.
The new x-ray machines are expected to be fully turned over to the BOC next month (November 2021) and will be deployed to various ports with high-volume scanning operations: Manila International Container Port; Port of Cebu; Port of Subic; and Port of Cagayan de Oro.
The Bureau of Customs, under the leadership of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, ensures that it will continue its rigorous efforts against smuggling and customs fraud.
(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/ai/mtvn)