Customs installs portal-type X-ray machine at Davao port
MANILA – A state-of-the-art portal-type X-ray machine was recently installed at the Davao International Container Terminal (DICT), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported on Thursday.
In a statement, the bureau said the machine will increase the port’s maximum inspection capacity with an additional 3,840 containers per day on top of its previous scanning capacity.
The X-ray machine installed at the port on Jan. 12 has a scanning capacity of 160 containers per hour.
With the newly installed X-ray machine, the BOC's Collection District 12 already has 13 X-ray machines that are all fully operational.
The machine’s portal design allows container trucks to move through the X-ray machine as opposed to the mobile X-ray design, where the machine has to move along the length of a container.
The BOC said the newly installed X-ray machine will increase the border security capabilities of DICT as it will not only provide better service but will also help in the speedy clearance of sea freight cargoes.
Under the term of Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the bureau has invested and procured modern X-ray machines to be used in major ports nationwide to increase scanning capabilities. (PNA)
By Ferdinand Patinio