Four hi-tech scanners to screen containers and lorries
Bahrain has imported four hi-tech scanners that can screen containers and lorries.
The Customs Affairs had signed an agreement with the Swiss-based Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) to import the latest generation of the hi-tech Nuctech equipment.
“The King Fahad Causeway and the Khalifa Bin Salman Seaport will each get two scanners to screen trucks and containers,” said Customs president Shaikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
The new technology fulfils the second goal of the customs strategic plan (2017-2020) to supply this vital sector with financial resources and cutting-edge technologies.
The ministry invited bids in mid-2017 to supply the customs with latest scanning equipment. The package was then awarded to the Swiss company.
The scanners are expected to be installed within 14 months.
The customs officers will be able to process 120 trucks per hour on an average, up from 20 lorries at present.
“The new scanners will slash the waiting time for checking goods and enhance the performance of customs procedures,” said Shaikh Ahmed.