Japan Customs orders new x-ray systems for Tokyo, Kobe ports

Japan Customs orders new x-ray systems for Tokyo, Kobe ports

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  • Japan Customs has tapped Smiths Detection to provide two interlaced, dual-view cargo inspection systems for screening trucks and cargo containers
  • The inspection systems will be installed at Tokyo Customs in Jyonanjima and Kobe Customs in Mizushima starting April 2022
  • The HCVS X-ray stationary screening system utilizes a new upgraded conveyor mechanism which optimizes security checks by scanning whole trucks containers, and vehicles for threats and contraband

Japan has placed an order for high-performance cargo inspection systems for two key ports as part of efforts to strengthen the country’s contraband surveillance capability.

Japan Customs has tapped Smiths Detection, a manufacturer of threat detection and screening technologies for aviation, ports and borders, to provide two Hi Energy 9 MeV, interlaced, dual-view HCVS high-performance cargo inspection systems for screening trucks and cargo containers.

The inspection systems will be installed at Tokyo Customs in Jyonanjima and Kobe Customs in Mizushima starting April 2022.

This improved HCVS X-ray stationary screening system utilizes a new upgraded conveyor mechanism which optimizes security checks by scanning whole trucks (cabin included), containers, and vehicles for threats and contraband, Smiths Detection said in a release.

With the ability to discriminate between organic and inorganic materials, the HCVS reduces the need for manual inspection while producing rapid and reliable results. It is already deployed at various ports across Japan and at international ports such as Belgium’s Port of Antwerp and Israel’s Haifa Port. 

Japan is the world’s fourth largest importer and exporter of goods, making trade essential for its economy. In August 2021, imports and exports rose by over 20% year-on-year as Japan’s economy continues to recover from the impact of the pandemic.

“As the volume of goods and trade increases globally, being technologically innovative is vital for establishing trust between stakeholders and maintaining the flow of goods through our local and global markets,” said Kevin Davies, global director for ports and borders at Smiths Detection.

“Smiths Detection is proud to support Tokyo and Kobe Customs in creating the safest port environments possible. With state-of-the-art technology and our global team, we look forward to strengthening the region’s ease of trade and securing movements of cargo around the world.”

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