Customs steps up smuggling fight with new scanners

A number of customs posts are to receive new X-ray scanning equipment to help in their battle to prevent the illegal importation of contraband goods.

Revenue’s Customs Service has begun a process to replace scanning equipment at Dublin and Shannon Airports, as well as Rosslare Ferry Port, Finance Minister Michael Noonan has confirmed.

He was responding to a request by Dublin Labour TD John Lyons to examine staffing allocations to Customs and Excise to ensure 24-hour operation of existing freight X-ray scanning machines and to allow for the operation of new machines.

Mr Noonan told Mr Lyons: “The Revenue Commissioners, who are responsible for the collection of taxes and duties and for tackling the smuggling of dutiable and prohibited goods, regard the prevention of smuggling, including the smuggling of illicit tobacco products, as a high priority area. The use of enforcement equipment such as mobile X-ray scanners and other detection technologies is just one element of a multi-faceted strategy employed by Revenue to tackle smuggling.

“Revenue continually monitors ongoing developments in the market place in available X-ray and other technologies. Revenue also continuously review their requirements and capability together with their selection and deployment of detection equipment.”

Revenue has three mobile X-ray systems. Two are mobile X-ray container scanning systems based at Dublin Port and Rosslare Ferry Port respectively. Both of these are available for deployment at other ports, and at other locations such as warehouses, as required, and Revenue utilises them, on a risk assessment basis, at various locations.

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