Customs flaunts new X-ray facility; hot cars worth P3M seized
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 June) — The Bureau of Customs presented to the media its X-ray scanning unit facility here designed to cut down the entry of smuggled goods and raise the agency’s revenue collection, Customs Commissioner Napoleon Morales told reporters Friday. Morales led Customs staff in presenting the Chinese-made technology, which he said, is what they used in detecting three container vans bearing smuggled motor vehicles misdeclared as parts of a used replacement truck.
The bureau estimated the commercial value of the seized vehicles imported from Japan at P3 million.
The technology is also used in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and General Santos, and in other major ports of the country serving container vans, eight years after they first requested it in 1999, Morales said.
He said the $2 million worth of equipment acquired via a government to government loan facility with the People’s Republic of China can also detect weapons of mass destruction.
He cited that the same technology is used in Belgium and in France. He said other ASEAN countries like Malaysia and Indonesia have started using the technology at least five years ago.
Morales issued a directive to subject to X-ray examination shipments identified by intelligence reports as smuggled motor vehicles.