CBSA will open the first land border
Gamma Ray Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System to improve processing of US Cargo
at Pacific Highway sometime in the summer of 2017.
Contributed by Jan Brock,
Senior Trade Advisor
Former Chief of Commercial Operations Pacific Highway crossing
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced in its Report on Plans and Priorities that it intended to invest in detection tools to assist the Border Services Officers with detecting high risk cargo.
“ Examinations may be performed with the use of specialized tools e.g. gamma ray imaging vehicle and cargo inspection system, ion scanners and detection dogs and may include a full or a partial offload of the goods to detect the presence of prohibited or restricted goods.” CBSA
Gamma ray imaging is a non-intrusive tool that cargo inspection services can use quickly and effectively to verify the presence of legitimate goods and to investigate suspicious and unknown materials. This technology assists with reducing border wait times and costs associated with cargo inspections.
The Gamma Ray Imaging Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System being built at Pacific Highway is a stationary fixed location system contained within a building.
This technology performs the best for detecting the presence of high density items such as steel or low density like narcotics. It is capable of scanning an entire semi truck and trailer ,intermodal shipping containers and automobiles for contraband.
This Cargo Inspection system is a fast screening tool that will aid in facilitation of cargo inspection at land borders. Large sized targets can be examined without unnecessarily opening or disturbing the contents of the load or incurring the cost of unloading or de stuffing the container.
An offload will incur a cost to the importer, carrier and to CBSA cargo inspection services as it is very labour intensive.
The gamma ray image this system presents to the Border Services Officer (BSO) after the scan of the cargo and/or vehicle has been completed will assist in the officer’s decision on whether a more intrusive examination is warranted and the load may be redirected back to the warehouse for offload or destuffing by CBSA or the CBSA Contracted Cargo Inspection Service.
The efficiency, reduction in cargo inspection services and avoidance of costs associated with such action will make this new Cargo Inspection System a welcome addition to the Pacific Highway Port of Entry and to Canadian Freight!
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